Recruitment & Intake

Our fraternities and sororities host recruitment and intake processes at various points throughout the year. For some of our councils, there are coordinated efforts near the beginning of the academic semesters as a way to get started. For other councils, efforts are planned and sponsored by each individual chapter, more information can be found below.

FSL Lookbook

Past Materials

FSL Summer 2022 Community Post Card

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Recruitment is a time for potential new members to meet chapters and for chapter members to get to know potential new members in a relaxed setting. During this time potential new members should ask whatever questions feel pertinent, such as finance, scholarship, activities, housing, and time commitment. This is a time to find a chapter where you feel most comfortable and aligns with your personal values.

All men interested in receiving a bid from an IFC fraternity must register via Chapter Builder.

IFC Registration

Spring 2024 Recruitment Dates:

  • Tabling sponsored by IFC: Wednesday, January 24th
  • Scheduled open house round: Thursday, January 25th – Sunday, January 28th
  • Chapter events begin: Monday, January 29th

For more information regarding IFC recruitment, please visit IFC’s website.

To Learn more about IFC, visit the IFC Council Page!

Follow the IFC Instagram, @IFC_UWMadison, to stay up to date on IFC!

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

MGC does not host a formal intake process. Each organization is responsible for their own unique recruitment processes and events, all of which welcomes people from various cultures, identities, and backgrounds. Chapters intake new membership throughout the year, and the new membership requirements and programs vary. If there is interest in a particular organization, contacting the organizations new membership/intake chair would be the first step.


If you are interested in gaining an insight on all of the organizations that belong to the Multicultural Greek Council, feel free to attend the numerous events sponsored by the MGC, as well as the various programs and activities held by its membership throughout the year. In addition, you can fill out the interest form below.

MGC Interest Form

To learn more about MGC, visit the MGC Council Page! 

Follow the MGC Instagram, @MGC_Madison, to stay up to date on MGC!

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

NPHC does not host a formal intake process. Each organization is responsible for their own unique recruitment processes and events that occur throughout the semester. Chapters intake new membership, but the semesters vary, as well as the new membership requirements and intake programs. If there is interest in a particular organization, contacting the organizations new membership/intake chair would be the first step.


If you are interested in gaining an insight on all of the organizations that belong to the National Pan-Hellenic Council, feel free to attend the numerous events sponsored by the NPHC, as well as the various programs and activities held by its membership throughout the year. In addition, you can fill out the interest form below.

NPHC Interest Form

To Learn More about NPHC, visit the NPHC Council Page!

Follow the NPHC Instagram, @NPHCatUW, to stay up to date on NPHC!

Panhellenic Association (PHA)

There are two different types of recruitment for our Panhellenic chapters.

Primary Recruitment

This mutual selection process is coordinated by the council officers and is designed to allow chapters the opportunity to meet interested women and for potential new members to have the opportunity to meet all of our chapters that participate in Primary Recruitment.  At the start of Primary Recruitment, you will meet your Recruitment Counselor or “RC.”  Recruitment Counselors are current students and members of one of our Panhellenic chapters. During the process, they support you from a neutral stance, ask and answer questions you may have, and serve as your main contact throughout Primary Recruitment.

Overall, we have four rounds of Primary Recruitment.  You will learn about all of our chapters during Round One and from there, you will visit fewer and fewer chapters.  After each round, you will use a program to enter your selections for the next round.  Each chapter completes the same process for the women that attended their events that day.  For the following round, if you and the chapter mutually select each other, you will receive an invitation back to that chapter.  You may receive an invitation to any chapter that you visit during the previous round.  Primary Recruitment culminates in Bid Day where we celebrate all of our new members and you get to meet all of your new sisters at each chapter’s Bid Day celebration.

Informal Recruitment

After Primary Recruitment and during the spring semester, chapters that are eligible to continue to recruit new members may conduct a process known as Continuous Open Bidding (COB).  Not all of our chapters will be eligible to COB.  This informal process is coordinated on a chapter basis, but you can contact Panhellenic to get more information on the chapters that are participating and when they are hosting events.  We also recommend following Panhellenic’s social media to stay connected.

Spring 2024 Continuous Open Bidding (COB): Information TBD

COB Registration

Eligible chapters will be announced soon!

To learn more about PHA, visit the PHA Council Page!

Follow the PHA Instagram, @PHA_UWMadison, to stay up to date on Panhellenic!