Fraternity bids were handed out last night, marking the end of the two-week long Interfraternity Council recruitment process. This process is meant to give everyone participating a chance to learn what each fraternity represents, as well as give the current members a glance into what potential new members have to offer.
“Chapters normally base their recruitment process off of their rituals, beliefs, values and what they expect out of their members,” said Byron Hughes, the interim director for fraternity and sorority life, as well as the Interfraternity Council Director. “They all have a desire to gain men that will contribute to their organization.”
Virginia Tech hosts the fourth largest Greek system in the nation, with approximately 18 percent of the undergraduate student body involved in these organizations. The system consists of over 4,000 students, 55 organizations and four councils.
“We are grateful that we have such a large community where there are so many different opportunities for joining and for having different types of dynamic experiences,” Hughes said.
We’ve broken down the process into five detailed steps to show exactly what goes into their procedures.
Step One: Students interested in going through IFC recruitment register for the process, which verifies eligibility and allows access to more information. This fall there were 600 men registered, which is an increase from the 475 who expressed interest last year.
Step Two: Each fraternity holds both informal and formal events. The events may range from dinner with the chapter to golfing to information sessions and are open to any interested student. Fraternities also hold personal interviews.
Step Three: Typically held the weekend before bid handouts, each fraternity has closed rush events that are invite-only.
“Men that have built more successful relationships will be invited to a specialized event with the chapter. Those men invited are those that will be considered for bids,” Hughes said.
Step Four: If a student is given a bid, current fraternity members will greet them on and off campus to offer a place in their organization. Men may be offered more than one bid to various fraternities. Following bid handouts, potential new members consider which organization they would like to join in a two-day silent period.
Step Five: Two days after bids are given, potential new members go to Squires Student Center to accept the bid to the fraternity they wish to join. On average, around 300 men accept bids.
“This is an occasion to build lifetime relationships and memberships, be a leader, be involved and serve the community at the same time,” Hughes said.