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 chapters individually, more information can be found below.
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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 the men align with your personal values.
IFC Recruitment 2020:
Fall 2020 IFC Recruitment has been updated to provide a safe opportunity for joining the IFC community.
IFC recruitment will start on September 27th and will conclude on November 23rd. The IFC chapters will be hosting recruitment events virtually.
All men interested in participating in IFC recruitment must register for recruitment via Campus Director, linked here.
Informational Session: Additionally, IFC has adapted the fraternity informational session into a canvas course that all potential new members must complete. The canvas course will cover what to expect from recruitment, what it means to be a fraternity member, and how to connect with chapters.
Current COVID-19 Recruitment Restrictions:
All 28 chapters have agreed update recruitment policies that ensures the healthy and safety of the our community and the greater Madison area. You can find theses policies by clicking the link on below.
Important dates & deadlines:
Registration open – Friday, August 28th
Registration closes – Will remain open until November 25th
Recruitment begins – Sunday, September 27th
Recruitment ends – Wednesday, November 25th
Bids Distribution – Can begin on Oct 7th and will run through November 25th
- All potential new members will have 10 days expect or decline a bid.
If you have any questions further questions please reach out to, Adam Neuberger, VP recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kristen Reynolds, Fraternity and Sorority Life Specialist.
Updated on 10/09/2020
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/rush 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 numerous events sponsored by the MGC, as well as the various programs and activities that are held by its membership throughout the year.
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 numerous events sponsored by the NPHC, as well as the various programs and activities that are held by its membership throughout the year.
Panhellenic Association (PHA)
There are two different types of recruitment for our Panhellenic chapters.
Fall 2020 Primary Recruitment will be altered to provide a safe opportunity for joining our PHA community. All rounds will be conducted virtually and on the following dates:
Round One: September 22 – 26
- Note: Students will not have events on all of these days
Round Two: September 29 & 30
Round Three: October 2
Preference: October 4
Bid Day: October 5
There will be a process for accommodating conflicts and any additional needs – links to submit these requests will be included in messages that will go out to registered participants. You can register for Primary Recruitment here through Tuesday, September 17th.
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 Rho Gamma or “recruitment guide.” Rho Gammas are current students and members of one of our Panhellenic chapters. They disaffiliate for the process to help 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 visit 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.
After Primary Recruitment and during the spring semester, chapters that are eligible 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.