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Interfraternity Council

Joining an IFC Fraternity

Throughout the fall semester, potential members will be invited to engage with current fraternity members in order to learn more about membership in the IFC community. 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 at Vanderbilt instead of focusing on just one. You can find more information about each 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 For All Potential Members

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. The appeal form can be found 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.
  • Completion of online registration and completed grade and conduct release found on the Anchor Link registration form. Online registration will open for upperclassmen and transfer students and first-year students on September 16, 2020.

Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Recruitment

  • Virtual Open ‘Dores on September 16, 2020 at 5 pm.  Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to be introduced to each of IFC chapters. Please RSVP here to attend.
  • Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Bid Night on October 4, 2020. This is the event in which our IFC fraternities will be extending “bids” as invitations for membership to potential members.

First-Year Student Recruitment

  • Virtual Open ‘Dores on September 16, 2020 at 5 pm.  Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to be introduced to each of IFC chapters. Please RSVP here to attend.
  • IFC Recruitment Events 2020-2021:
    • October 11, 2020 (Recruitment Event #1)
    • November 3, 2020 (Recruitment Event #2)
    • January 15, 2021 (Preference Night/Final Eligibility Checkpoint)
    • Bid Night in the SLC Ballroom at 6 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021 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 2020-2021 academic year.

*First-year students cannot join a fraternity until the second semester of their first year. 

Recruitment Chair Information

New Member Education Information

The education period following recruitment lasts no more than 6 weeks. This time is used for member 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.