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Joining the 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.

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 all students participating in IFC Recruitment. Please reach out to Cam Alden 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 2.50 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 on the IFC Anchorlink page.
  • 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.
  • Attend a Consent Education Session. Project Safe, our center for sexual misconduct and prevention response, host these sessions specifically for potential fraternity and sorority members.
  • 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 in Fall 2023. All other recruitment process dates are to be determined.

IFC Financial Information

All organizations with an exclusive use facility participating in the Greek Facility Management Program pay additional fees as listed below:

  • Greek Facility Management Fee: Non-residents pay $322/semester through their student account
    • NPHC Non-residents pay $161/semester
    • Zeta Tau Alpha Non-residents pay $187/semester
  • New Member Dues: $1400
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $900
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $900
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? Yes
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: N/A
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $1800
  • New Member Dues: $900
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $1300
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $1300
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? N/A
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: N/A
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $2600
  • New Member Dues: $650
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $500
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $500
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? No
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? Yes
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: $150
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $1150
  • New Member Dues: $881
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $881 
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $881
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? No
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: $175 additional new member fee 
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $1762
  • New Member Dues: $
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? Yes
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: N/A
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester):$

 

  • New Member Dues: $500
  • F22 Active Member Dues: $1400
  • S23 Active Member Dues: $1400
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? N/A
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: $250
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $3050
  • New Member Dues: $500
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $875
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $875
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? N/A
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? N/A
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: N/A
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $1750
  • New Member Dues: $400 
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $850 
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $850 
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? Yes
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: N/A
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $1700

 

  • New Member Dues: $400
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $1287
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $1287
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? Yes
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: $0
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester):$2574
  • New Member Dues: $715
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $900
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $900
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? Yes
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: $600
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $2400

Information TBA

  • New Member Dues: $
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? 
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? 
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: $
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester)
  • New Member Dues: $700
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $1400
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $1250
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? N/A
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: N/A
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $2650
  • New Member Dues: $1600
  • F23 Active Member Dues: $1450
  • S24 Active Member Dues: $1450
  • Does your chapter provide financial assistance through scholarships or grants? Yes
  • Does the Inter/National Headquarters or Local Alumni/ae chapter provide some sort of financial assistance to your chapter members? N/A
  • Additional Possible/Optional Estimated Expenses- including but not be limited to regional/national conferences,membership regalia,social event expenses,retreats,etc: $300-400
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $3300

Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Recruitment

  • Upperclassmen/Transfer Student Kick-Off Recruitment Event – August 24th at 6:00 pm in the Sarratt Cinema
    Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to be introduced to each of IFC chapters.
  • Fall Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Bid Night – September 22nd
    This is the event in which our IFC fraternities will be extending “bids” as invitations for membership to potential members. *Only eligible upperclassmen and transfer students may receive bids at this time.
  • Find more information about transfer student requirements here!

First-Year Student Recruitment

Dates and times will be available in August.

  • Open ‘Dores.  Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to be introduced to each of IFC chapters. *Upperclassmen and transfer students may also attend.
  • IFC First Year Recruitment Events 2023-2024:
    • Open ‘Dores
      September 27th from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm beginning the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room before moving to individual chapter facilities
    • Spring Preference Night/Final Eligibility Checkpoint. Potential new members will complete their preference cards and participate in pre-joining programming led by the IFC executive council.
    • Spring Bid Night 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 2023-2024 academic year.

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

New Member Education Information

The education period following recruitment lasts no more than six (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. Learn more about laws and policies regarding hazing.