Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment


Please note there is a 2.25 minimum cumulative GPA required to be eligible for IFC recruitment.

During recruitment week, Cornell students can visit fraternity houses during "open house events", during which students have the opportunity to meet brothers in each fraternity and get a feel for which fraternities they like and how they may fit with their values and interests. After smokers, fraternities contact potential new members in their residence halls in a process called “contacts.” During this period fraternities will query the student’s interest level in the fraternity, discuss the fraternity’s interest level in them, and outline the fraternity’s schedule of recruitment events going forward.  A fraternity that wishes to extend an offer of membership, or a ‘bid” to a student does so at final contacts, which marks the end of the formal recruitment period. Students then officially sign their bid online.

How do I choose?

As a general guideline students are encouraged to consider how a fraternity fits with their interests and values. While all fraternities in the IFC system share common goals of brotherhood and community building, each fraternity has a distinctive persona and its brothers’ particular shared interests and activities within and outside the fraternity, including sports teams, community service groups, and business or academic clubs. While all fraternities are highly diverse in this respect, prospective students may find they feel their aims and aspirations for their time at Cornell align more closely with those present in particular fraternities.  For this reason students are encouraged to consider a number of fraternities as opposed to attending recruitment at just one or two. While the number of fraternities can seem overwhelming, the breadth and number of the IFC chapters at Cornell ensures that there is a fit somewhere in the system for nearly everyone.

How do they choose me?

Fraternity members will examine the social character, leadership potential and compatibility with the present brotherhood of potential new members during the formal recruitment period.  Bid policy varies across fraternities, but typically requires a vote by all of part of the brotherhood in favor of admitting the potential new member.


While the specific dictates and rules of membership vary from chapter to chapter, members are generally expected to participate in social, philanthropy, and brotherhood or sisterhood development events.  In addition, a demonstration of strong academic performance and strong moral character are typically expected for the duration of membership. Members typically pay membership dues, which can or cannot include room and board. These dues vary from fraternity to fraternity.

What is the financial commitment to a fraternity?

Membership dues are set on a chapter by chapter basis and can vary greatly according to whether or not the member lives in the fraternityand the extent to which they accept the chapter’s meal-plan (some houses offer half or even quarter meal plans). Fraternity treasurers set the rates for financial commitment and work with University finance advisers to meet fraternity needs. Many fraternities also offer reduced dues and alternative payment plans for students with financial need.

If I currently receive financial aid that covers my housing fees will it continue to do so if I join a Greek organization next year?

The cost of a double room on campus and the Bear Traditional meal plan are included in the financial aid cost of attendance.  If your Greek organziation charges more for housing and you receive financial aid, you may be eligible to request additional loan to help cover the additional cost. Each case is differenct and specific.  Please contact the financial aid office at or (607)255-5145.

Are the costs associated with joining a Greek organization (new member fees, chapter dues, room and board in the chapter house) taken into account when tabulating financial aid packages?

Per Financial Aid Office:  No extra aid is given for social or dues charges.  In other words those charges are not used to calulate financial aid.  In general Housing and Dining are considered.  Please contact the financial aid office at or (607)255-5145.

Do I have to live in the fraternity house?

Each fraternity differs in the housing aspect of their membership requirements. Some fraternities require members reside in the house for at least one year, while others do not. It is relatively common for fraternities to have brothers who have chosen not to live in the fraternity house for any of their years at Cornell.

What is fall rush or informal recruitment?

Some fraternities conduct recruitment for upperclassmen and transfer students in the fall, and some conduct recruitment on an informal basis after the conclusion of the official period. This latter process is known as “second-round recruitment.”

For more information, including registration and a detailed schedule, please visit the IFC website. Please contact Paul Russell, IFC VP Recruitment, with any questions at