How to Join

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 recruitment for Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (PHC) is held the week before classes start each January.


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 will continue to be Cornell’s policy.


Spring 2018 Recruitment Dates

January 17-22 Panhellenic Recruitment begins
January 23 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