How IFC Recruitment Works
Men interested in joining a fraternity should meet as many fraternity members as possible during the fall semester and learn about the various activities sponsored by each chapter. The more people you meet in fraternities, the more options that are likely to be available to you at the conclusion of the process. The Interfraternity Council and its member fraternities host several recruitment programs and events throughout the fall to help interested men learn more about the fraternity life at Tulane.
Deferred Bid Acceptance
Tulane students may not join a fraternity or sorority during their first semester of enrollment. We believe it is important for students to have the opportunity to adjust to campus life -- both academically and socially -- before deciding whether to join a Greek organization. Deferring the process of bid extension and acceptance until the spring semester also students the time to determine which fraternity is the best fit for them.
In January IFC holds its formal bid signing week. Fraternities may not extend official bids before this week. A member may tell you his fraternity intends to issue you a bid, but you must still register for recruitment (see below) to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for membership.
IFC Recruitment Events
Fall Welcome Event, Sunday, August 24, 6 p.m., LBC Quad
Meet members of Tulane's fraternity and sorority community while enjoying local New Orleans cuisine.
Recruitment Info Session, Wednesday, October 20, 6 p.m., LBC Kendall Cram Room
Interested students will learn how the Recruitment process works and have the chance to talk with the recruitment chair and other officers of each fraternity. Attendance at this event is not required.
Fraternity Chapter Events
Each fraternity will host at least two events for interested students during the fall semester: one before and one after the October Recruitment Info Session. Many groups will also host events in mid-January. The schedule for these events will be posted here in August. Students should attend and sign in at events for several different fraternities in order to get a sense of which groups they are most interested in joining. The fraternities will use attendance lists at these events to contact students they are interested in and get to know them better by inviting them to additional chapter activities.
Schedule of Events Happening after October 20 - coming soon
Bid Signing Week, January 19 - 23, 2015
In January the IFC fraternities host a final week of recruitment events. The week kicks off with an introductory convocation on Monday, January 19, at 6 p.m. in the LBC. Then on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, each fraternity hosts its own invitation-only events in the afternoons and evenings. On Friday, January 23, students come to the Stibbs Room (203) of the LBC to see if any fraternities have issued them a bid.
Online registration is required to participate in IFC Recruitment. Registration takes 5-10 minutes and will be available September 15 - January 20. Remember that to join a fraternity you must be a full-time, degree-seeking student at Tulane with at least 12 credit hours and a 2.5 cumulative GPA. You may not be on disciplinary probation or deferred suspension.
Click here to complete the online registration once it opens in September. The staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs will verify students' credit hours, GPAs, and student conduct status once grades are posted after final exams.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many members can each fraternity take each spring?
Interfraternity Council fraternities admit members they feel are a good fit, without any restrictions on the number they may take. In the last few years IFC new member classes have ranged from as few as ten to as many as 45 members, with the average size being 20-25.
I registered for recruitment early in the fall so the fraternities would know I'm interested. Do I still need to go to their events?
Our fraternities use the registration system to help them keep track of everyone who is interested in fraternity membership, but they rely much more on the in-person interactions they have with students. They want to be sure they are really able to get to know the people they invite to join their organization. Students who simply register for recruitment and then don't attend any events -- or only attend the bare minimum of events -- are less likely to receive a membership bid.
I thought Tulane didn't allow recruitment until the spring; why are there recruitment events in the fall?
While Tulane doesn't allow student to join fraternities until the spring semester, we want those students to make an informed decision about whether to join a fraternity, and if they decide to do so, which one to join. Taking time throughout the fall to get to know members of each fraternity in relaxed, casual settings allows students to focus on academics without feeling pressure to rush into a decision about fraternity membership.
Do you make exceptions to the requirements to go through recruitment?
No. Our IFC chapters have a strong commitment to academic achievement; the all-IFC GPA is currently 3.256. Interested men should display a similar commitment and prioritize their academic responsibilities before seeking fraternity membership. Likewise, our fraternities and sororities expect members to hold themselves to higher standards of personal behavior than the average student might. Therefore students who are not in good disciplinary standing with the university are not eligible to join these organizations.
Fraternities that extend bids to students who do not meet the eligibility requirements to join will be subject to charges under the Code of Student Conduct.
What if I am trying to resolve an issue with a grade in a course (make-up exam, received an incomplete, petitioning to have a grade changed, waiting for transfer credits, etc.)?
All issues with GPAs or credit hours must be reconciled, with documentation provided to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs, by Tuesday, January 20, 2014 at 5 p.m. central time.
How much does it cost to be in a fraternity?
The first semester of membership is generally the most expensive, because there are one-time new member, initiation, and badge fees. Costs in the first semester average $600 - $1500. Thereafter they range from $500 to $1200 per semester.
Can I visit fraternity houses in the fall?
Absolutely, provided that you have been invited to do so. Fraternity houses are private residences that students live in; they are not open for people to wander into. Just as you wouldn't want someone you don't know walking into your family's home uninvited, you shouldn't enter a fraternity house uninvited. If you are invited to a fraternity house, either for a social event or other activity, you should not bring others along with you, unless a member has specifically told you that you may.
Can upperclassmen join fraternities?
Yes, though different fraternities have different practices about upperclassmen. Some chapters decide to take a new member class in the fall semester, and provided that students meet the minimum eligibility requirements, they may join in the fall. However many fraternities only take new members in the spring.
The following organizations are not recognized by Tulane University or the Tulane Interfraternity Council:
- Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE)
- Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike)
- Sigma Alpha Mu (Sammy)
The University discourages students from joining a fraternity that we do not recognize. Unrecognized fraternities are not held to the University or Interfraternity Council standards that govern their behavior. They operate without the oversight, training and education provided by staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs. The organizations listed above all had chapters at Tulane in the past, but they are not on campus now.