IFC fraternities give out many bids for membership during the spring and summer months before the start of classes. The Alabama Interfraternity Council does not host formal recruitment rounds. Instead we hold 3 days of structured recruitment. The schedule for this can be found here. Recruits will have the opportunity to meet with chapters and go to chapter tours during this time.
The Alabama Intefraternity Council requires that all new member education programs begin on August 30th, and end no later than November 1. Chapters may initiate before or after the November date on a case by case bases. However, all new member activities, programs, and education must be completed by Wednesday, November 1st.
No. Men participating in IFC recruitment CANNOT move into residence halls early. The IFC does not have any formal scheduled recruitment events before the standard move in dates. Therefore, there is no need to move in early to a residence hall for recruitment events or activities. Chapters should not request or require that any new member or potential new member arrive on campus prior to their selected move in dates. All move in arrangements and registrations should be made through the Office of Housing & Residential Communities. If you are interested in learning more about your housing options, and to schedule your move in date, please visit the Office of Housing & Residential Communities at their website www.housing.ua.edu or you can call their office at either (888)-498- BAMA or (205)-348-6676.
A bid is an invitation to join an organization’s new member program. Each chapter gives out as many bids as they want, until they have their ideal new member class. If you are interested in receiving a bid from a chapter it is important to make your interest known. Interested men can begin the recruitment process by getting in touch with the chapters’ recruitment chairmen, and then attending chapter hosted recruitment events to meet more of the brothers. If any family members or friends are in fraternities it is recommended that you use their contacts to get in touch with UA chapters, and to help you meet more people. We encourage men to meet with as many fraternities as possible to see which one feels right, and meeting as many brothers as possible is beneficial throughout the recruitment process.
What do I do if am out of state and cannot visit for the summer?
It’s OK to not be able to visit during the summer. We encourage men to begin to contact recruitment chairs before you arrive on campus, and schedule times to meet them in person as soon as you’re at UA. New Members are still being recruited until September, so the whole month of August is open to meet brothers of the various chapters. Also, the IFC hosts a formal recruitment “meet and greet” before the first day of classes so that everyone can meet representatives from every chapter.
I am coming for Bama Bound, what do I need to do for recruitment opportunities?
We encourage you to reach out to the recruitment chairs of the chapters and let them know you are participating in recruitment this year. Many organizations host events during Bama Bound. If you’re interested in a particular organization, and they are not holding an event while you are at Bama Bound, reach out to the recruitment chairmen and see if you can set up a meeting to introduce yourself. Additionally, there is an IFC information session at Bama Bound that will provide more information on IFC fraternities.
In order to officially accept a bid from any organization, you must be registered for recruitment with the IFC. By registering for recruitment your name and information is made available to all the IFC fraternities. However, just because you registered for recruitment does not mean you will receive a bid for membership. Remember, recruitment is about getting to know the chapters, and letting the chapters get to know you. It is important that you make an effort to meet as many fraternity men as possible throughout the recruitment process. If you attended IFC Preview Day in the spring, you will need to create a new login and register for recruitment. You can register for IFC Fall 2017 Recruitment Here.
Every chapter’s fee structure varies. The individual chapter sets the expenses for each organization. Also, there is a small fee to register for Fall recruitment, which is paid through registering with IFC for recruitment. You can see average semester costs here.
Dues pay for all the costs associated with being in a fraternity, including meal plans, social events, leadership development, and other programs. As a freshman, your required UA meal plan will be switched to the Greek 55 meal plan upon accepting a bid and being added to the chapter’s roster. Living in the house is a separate fee, but dues are inclusive in that they cover every other aspect of joining a fraternity.
Do I have to join as a first semester freshman, or can I wait until the spring or my sophomore/junior year?
We recommend joining a fraternity in the fall semester of your freshman year. The transition to college from high school can be difficult, and getting involved on campus, especially in a fraternity, can help to ease the transition. Also, many students point to their early involvement in a fraternity as a key factor in developing leadership skills and furthering their campus involvement. If you do decide to join a fraternity after your freshman year, chapters will take sophomore and upper class new members.
Do I need letters of recommendation for IFC recruitment?
IFC fraternities do not require letter of recommendation for recruitment, although it is recommended to utilize any friend or family connections to reach out to chapters. A letter of recommendation does not guarantee that a bid for membership will be extended.
I already have received a bid from a chapter, what do I do now?
Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming an initiated brother. There is no limit to the number of bids a potential new member may receive, however, you can only accept a bid from one chapter. Upon receiving a bid for membership you have three options, you can either accept, decline, or defer acceptance. If you decline your bid, then you are no longer accepting the chapter’s invitation for membership. You may still receive and accept bids from other chapters, but you have removed your option for that specific chapter’s offer for membership. Should you choice to defer your acceptance, then the formal invitation is pending, before a formal acceptance or decline needs to be given to the chapter. If you have accepted a bid from a chapter you will need to log into the IFC recruitment website and officially accept your bid. Once you have accepted a bid from a chapter you can no longer accept bids from other organizations. Make sure that you have communicated with your family, asked all necessary questions, and taken the time to reflect before accepting a bid for membership.
What if I get to campus and haven't yet received a bid is there anything else I should be doing?
If you’re just getting to campus and have not received a bid, don’t worry you still have time to join a fraternity. First you will want to contact the rush chairmen for houses you are interested in, and see what events they have going on. Additionally, you will meet many new friends during your first few weeks at UA, and some of them may also be going through recruitment. Join up with friends, and any contacts you may know, to go to recruitment events and to meet members of the chapters. The most important part of recruitment is meeting new people and finding the chapter with which you feel the most comfortable.
All men, who are full-time UA students, are eligible to participate in IFC Spring Recruitment provided that they have never been initiated into another IFC fraternity. Also, while the IFC does not require a specific grade point average to participate in IFC Spring Recruitment, it is strongly recommended that prospective members have at or above a 2.5 college GPA. In order to receive a bid from an IFC fraternity you must register for Spring Recruitment.
No. Chapters host recruitment events individually, and by invitation only. If you are interested in learning about recruitment events for a specific organization you are encouraged to reach out to the Recruitment chair for that chapter.
The University of Alabama complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, which are outlined in the University’s nondiscrimination notice available at http://eop.ua.edu/law.html and in its harassment policy at http://eop.ua.edu/harassment.html. Membership in registered student organizations shall be open to all students of The University of Alabama without regard to race, religion, sex, disability or national origin, except in cases of designated fraternal organizations exempted by federal law from Title IX regulations concerning discrimination on the basis of sex.
Individuals who have concerns about the recruitment process are encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs at 205-348-6670