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)
IFC recruitment takes place the first three weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Through a wide variety of events, chapters will share the meaning of their brotherhood. Recruitment is a time for for potential new members to meet many 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.
At the beginning of the fall semester it is recommended that all potential new members attend the Fraternity Information Session to gain an understand of fraternity life at UW-Madison. During this session current members will discuss what to expect from recruitment, what it means to be a fraternity member, and answer questions.
The Interfraternity Council will host tabling events during both semesters, a time for potential new members to visit with all chapters in the Council and learn about their recruitment events. We encourage you to visit every chapter, because you never know how much it may appeal to you until you meet the members. Take advantage of the recruitment period and see several chapters, you may find yourself at a fraternity you never thought you’d be at and love it!
Once you have decided on a fraternity, and have signed your bid, you become a pledge/new member of that chapter. Pledging is a period where you will learn about your fraternity’s history and rituals. Some national fraternities do not have such a period, so we encourage you to ask members more information on the chapter’s education processes.
Spring 2020 Dates
Tuesday, January 21st: Tabling, 5:30 – 8:00pm, Memorial Union – Great Hall
Wednesday, January 22nd: Tabling, 5:30 – 7:30, Union South – Varsity Hall
January 23rd – 30th: Open Chapter Events; more information can be found here.
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.
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.
Spring 2020 Informal Recruitment
- Chapters will be notified one week after classes begin if they are eligible for informal recruitment. Please check back after that time or email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions.