How to Join

Spring recruitment is held the week before classes start each January for Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (PHC) organizations. The Membership Intake Process for Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) organizations happens at various times during the year at the discretion of each group and their national organization.

Spring 2018 Recruitment Dates

January 17-23 Panhellenic Recruitment begins
January 24 Panhellenic Bid Day
For more information on Panhellenic Recruitment

January 17-23 Interfraternity Recruitment begins
January 24 Interfraternity Bid Day
For more information on Interfraternity Recruitment

Initation Deadline February 25, 2018


First-Year Spring Admits (FYSA) Deferred Recruitment  

Instead of having formal recruitment in the fall, Cornell chose to hold formal recruitment in the spring semester/January.  Deferred recruitment activities for incoming spring freshmen are held off until incoming freshmen have an entire first term at Cornell to focus on building solid and positive academic habits and adjust to college life.  We think it is best for this cohort of new students to wait until their second semester at Cornell to be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority. Deferred recruitment for new students was instituted by student and faculty leadership in the 1950s and it will continue to be Cornell’s policy.


Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment and Intake Webinar

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm 

CornellCast:  https://www.cornell.edu/video/greek-recruitment-spring-2017


Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment and Intake Webinar Recorded Live January 8, 2016
Spring is an exciting time for Cornell’s fraternities and sororities as we look forward to welcoming new members. In this video, student representatives from the fraternity and sorority councils will explain the timeline and day-to-day experience of this mutual selection process. 

  • Click here for more information about the recruitment/intake processes of each council.  Students interested in Interfraternity Rush or Panhellenic Recruitment should be sure to register through the respective council websites. 

Recorded live January 7, 2015 
Watch this webinar to learn more about the processes by which students join the Cornell fraternity and sorority community. Student representatives from the fraternity and sorority councils explain the timeline and day-to-day experience of this mutual selection process, and answer questions from the audience. 

If you've read the information on this site and watched the webinars, but you're still not sure if fraternity or sorority life is right for you, please remember, we are here to help YOU!  Please feel free to contact us and ask any questions you might have about joining a fraternity or sorority!