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Interfraternity Council

Joining an IFC Fraternity

Throughout the fall semester, potential members will be invited to attend activities and events with fraternity members in order to get to know one other better. Since this is a process of mutual selection for potential members and fraternity chapters, we recommend maximizing your options and considering all of our fraternities here at Vanderbilt instead of focusing on just one. This will allow you to ensure that your personal values will align with those of the International/National Fraternity, Alumni Members, and current Vanderbilt chapter and its members.  Fraternity recruitment chairs and presidents will get the information of who has attended each of the events below and may reach out to potential members that swipe their student ID card at IFC-sponsored events. You can also find the contact information for a specific fraternity by going to the chapter’s page on our fraternities page here.

Below you will find information concerning the two recruitment processes for joining: one for first-year students interested in joining and one for upperclassmen and transfer students interested in joining. Both processes require completion of the eligibility requirements  for to all going through IFC Recruitment. Please reach out to the Office of Greek Life at 615-322-2048 or greeklife@vanderbilt.edu  if you should have any concerns or questions.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to join an IFC Fraternity, a potential member must:

  • Have at least a 2.5 grade point average and have completed at least 12 credit hours. If you do not meet this GPA or credit hour minimum, you may complete an appeal on the IFC Anchor Link page, but there is no guarantee that your appeal will be granted. An IFC Executive Board representative will be in touch concerning the status of your appeal.
  • First-year potential members must have completed 5 hours* of community service with a fraternity or community service agency during the Fall 2019 semester. Potential new members can attend service events to meet this requirement with any fraternity; it does not need to be the chapter that the student ultimately ends up joining. You can enter the form on Anchor Link. *Upperclassmen/Transfer students must complete 3 hours of community service. Enter Your Community Service Hours on Anchor Link here.
  • No conduct violations or currently on disciplinary status. In addition, students are not eligible to join a fraternity or sorority if they are placed on disciplinary probation. Students can be placed on disciplinary probation for violations of state law and university policy, including but not limited to underage consumption of alcohol, intoxication, possession or use of fake identification, fighting or drug usage. As such, students interested in joining should conduct themselves in a respectable manner and make responsible personal decisions so that their behavior does not prevent them from joining a Greek organization.
  • Completion of registration (online form), payment of $30 registration fee, and completed grade and conduct form found on the Anchor Link registration form.

Upperclassmen and Transfer Students

Upperclassmen/Transfer Students who are interested in joining during the Fall 2019 semester should plan to meet as many chapter presidents and representatives throughout the fall semester as they can.

Interfraternity Council recruitment events for Upperclassmen and Transfer Students:

  • IFC Transfer and Upperclassmen recruitment event August 21, 2019 located in the Student Life Center (SLC)-Board of Trust Room at 5:30pm to meet with various presidents and recruitment chairs of each chapter.
  • Open Dores in the SLC Ballroom on September 2, 2019 at 6 pm.  Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to visit each of the chapters so that they can see which organization is the right fit for them. Attendees are encouraged to be themselves and ask plenty of questions to make sure that they organization and its values align with the potential new members’.
  • Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Bid Night  on September 29, 2019 at 4 pm in Sarratt Cinema. This is the evening in which our IFC Fraternities will be extending “bids” as invitations for membership to potential members. Attire is coat and tie.

First-Year Students

First-Year Students who are interested in joining during their second semester should plan to meet as many chapter presidents and representatives throughout the fall semester as they can.

Interfraternity Council recruitment events for First-Year Students:

  • Open Dores in the SLC Ballroom on September 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm.  Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to visit each of the chapters so that they can see which organization is the right fit for them. Attendees are encouraged to be themselves and ask plenty of questions to make sure that they organization and its values align with the potential new members’.
  • IFC Recruitment Checkpoints 2019-2020
    • September 17, 2019 (Checkpoint #1)
    • October 22, 2019 (Checkpoint #2)
    • January 10, 2019 (Final Checkpoint)
    • Bid Night in the SLC Ballroom at 6pm on Saturday, January 11, 2019 Attendees are asked to attend wearing coat and tie to formally receive their invitation to join a Fraternity and will serve as the conclusion of the joining process for the 2019-2020 academic year.

New Member Education Information

The education period following recruitment lasts no more than 6 weeks. This time is used for brotherhood development and to teach new members about the history, traditions, structure, management and ritual of the chapter. While it is a serious time commitment, new member education should not interfere with classes or study time. Every chapter has a scholarship program that includes academic programming and initiatives for new members. Vanderbilt University and every fraternity prohibit hazing in any form during this new member education period. For more information about the laws and policies regarding Hazing, please click here.

Deferred Joining

Since 1973, Vanderbilt has had a deferred joining system. Under this system, students have the entire fall semester to adjust to college academics and living in a residence hall. There is also the opportunity to observe the fraternity and sorority community. The advantage to deferred joining is that students can make a more informed decision about whether to join a fraternity and which organizations suit them best. Each group has its own character, but all have similar programs and activities. They all encourage academic achievement, community service, social activities, leadership development, and strong friendships.