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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 all students participating in 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 required service hours with an IFC fraternity. Potential new members are required to fulfill 3 hours of community service (upperclassmen/transfer students) or 5 hours of community service (first-year students and upperclassmen/transfer students pursuing membership after Fall Bid Night) with a fraternity.
  • 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 August 30, 2021.

IFC Financial Information

  • New Member Dues: $1000
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $1000
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $800
  • 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): $900-$1000
  • New Member Dues: $400
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $250
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $250
  • 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: $250
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $700
  • New Member Dues: $700
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $525
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $525
  • 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: $100
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $1000-$1150
  • New Member Dues: $1900
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $1500
  • S22 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? 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): $2800

 

  • New Member Dues: $600
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $1200
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $200
  • 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: $200
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $2800
  • New Member Dues: 
  • F21 Active Member Dues: 
  • S22 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? Yes
  • 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: $375
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $800
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $800
  • 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: $500
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $2100
  • New Member Dues: $1600
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $1500
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $1500
  • 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: $100-$250
  • Potential Annual Cost (Member dues + Additional possible expenses, after new member semester): $3250
  • New Member Dues: $600
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $1000
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $800
  • 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): $2000
  • New Member Dues: $1400
  • F21 Active Member Dues: $1250
  • S22 Active Member Dues: $1150
  • 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): $3500

Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Recruitment

  • Upperclassmen/Transfer Student Kick-Off Recruitment Event on August 30, 2021. 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 on September 27, 2021. 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. 

First-Year Student Recruitment

  • Open ‘Dores on September 13, 2021.  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 Recruitment Events 2021-2022:
    • Spring Preference Night/Final Eligibility Checkpoint on January 14, 2022. Potential new members will complete their preference cards and participate in pre-joining programming led by the IFC executive council.
    • Spring Bid Night on January 15, 2022 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 2021-2022 academic year.

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

Recruitment Guides

Recruitment Guides are 2-3 trained members of each chapter that service as additional points of contact during recruitment. Recruitment Guides will assist prospective members in making connections with the chapter, which could include helping facilitate lunches with active members.

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.