Interfraternity Council Recruitment
The Interfraternity Council organizes a formal recruitment week each fall and spring semester. This process occurs the first week of each fall semester and the third week of each spring semester.
Spring Recruitment will take place the first wekeend following the start of the Spring 2018 semester. Check back here for more information and a detailed schedule after the first of the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions about Interfraternity Council Recruitment at the University of Oklahoma. Should you have any other questions, feel free to reach out - we are happy to assist.
Approximately 900 men participate in Fall Recruitment Week, and 150 take part in Spring Recruitment Week. Over 2,200 men call the IFC communtiy at the University of Oklahoma home.
There is no dress code for our recruitment activities, so feel free to wear whatever is comfortable to you. Most recruits choose to wear jeans or khaki pants/shorts and a button up shirt or polo style shirt. Most importantly - be yourself!
No. This is a common practice for Panhellenic sororities but is not part of the fraternity recruitment process.
This process is very informal and is largely at the discretion of the individual chapters. On Monday of Fall Recruitment Week, chapters can extend invitations (also called “bids”) to recruits. You may receive bids from multiple chapters. You must choose which you would like to accept and tell that chapter. Many chapters will ask you to sign their list of new members, sign a chapter “bid card” or simply give you a t-shirt to signify your new affiliation. It is important to note that your membership in that fraternity is not official until you sign the IFC Bid Acceptance Form during the final day of Recruitment.
Recruits have no obligation to join. If you participate in the Recruitment Week but decide fraternity life is not right for you, you may discontinue your participation in the Recruitment Week activities at any point. If you have joined a fraternity (i.e. signed the IFC Bid Acceptance Form) you may resign (also called “depledge”) at any time. If you depledge before you become an initiated member, you may join another fraternity the following semester or later. However, if you choose to discontinue your membership after being initiated, you are not eligible to join another fraternity.
Each chapter sets its own dues and housing costs as well as payment schedules. This first year has a higher level of costs due to one-time expenses and fees. While the numbers below are average ranges, we suggest recruits ask about expenses to get exact cost information from chapters before joining.
New Member Dues: $900 - $2,500
Member Dues (out-of-house): $800 - $2,200
Member Dues (in-house): $4,000 - $8,800
All incoming freshmen males will receive the Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment Manual by early July. On the IFC pages of that manual, you will find contact information and information about each fraternity. You can access the contact information for each chapter here.
During the summer many chapters host events (both formal and informal) in order to get to know recruits who will participate in Fall Recruitment Week. Because there is relatively little time to build relationships during the Recruitment Week, summer activities can provide an important opportunity to connect with members beforehand. Activities may include cookouts at the home of a chapter alumnus, sporting events, going out to eat, etc. It is important for all recruits and parents to know that ALL recruitment interactions must be alcohol-free. If you are aware of any violation of this policy, please inform the IFC advisor immediately by phone at 405-325-3163.
Yes! Many chapters participate in “informal recruitment”, which means they continue to recruit new members after Recruitment Week. If you would like help connecting with these chapters, please contact the IFC Vice President of Recruitment or the IFC advisor. There will be an “informal recruitment” online form available on the website homepage two weeks following formal recruitment. You can fill out this form to share your information with fraternities participating in informal recruitment.