Interfraternity Council Recruitment
The Interfraternity Council Recruitment Committee is dedicated to providing its members with an enriched college experience that has a respect for tradition, fosters safety, strives to build character and to promote diversity of culture and interest in all men through providing the resources to learning about each fraternity.
The Interfraternity Council acts as the governing body for 16 different social fraternities, each with their own rituals and traditions. IFC Recruitment fosters year-round efforts to reach potential new members and help them in their efforts to leave a lasting legacy at Cal Poly and within the San Luis Obispo community.
While the Interfraternity Council strives to provide guidance, leadership development, encouragement and opportunities for both personal and collective growth, it is the Recruitment process which allows these men to find their own path to a fortified college experience.
WINTER 2021 RUSH IS HAPPNENING January 11-Janaury 20. Check out Instagram to learn more @calpolyIFC
Interfraternity Council Rush Week
Interfraternity Council Information Booth
Interfraternity Council Information Nights
|Interfraternity Council Mandatory Information Night|
|Interfraternity Council Service Event open to Potential New Members|
Interfraternity Council Recruitment Week Kick-Off BBQ
The Kickoff BBQ is a chance for all students interested in Greek Life to see all the Cal Poly recognized fraternities in a central location for free food and good conversation. It provides you with the chance to meet all the active members of Fraternity life and find the best match for you.
If you have any immediate questions, contact
Vice President of Recruitment
Shawnna R. Smith
Lead Coordinator, Fraternity & Sorority Life
Interfraternity Council Advisor
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some commonly used terms in fraternity life?
Active: An initiated fraternity man who is still in college.
Alumnus: A fraternity member who has graduated or left college. (plural: Alumni)
Associate | New Member | Pledge: A non-initiated member in a fraternity.
Bid: A formal invitation to join an organization/fraternity.
Brother: A term used by fraternity men in reference to one another.
Chapter: The local group of an international organization.
Charter – A newly organized group working to become a chartered chapter.
Dry-recruitment: The practice of not serving alcoholic beverages at any recruitment event.
Interfraternity Council (IFC): The representative body of all men’s fraternities.
Legacy – A rushee whose grandparents, parents, brother/sister is a member of a particular organization
Potential New Member (PNM) – A man or woman who is going through the recruitment process
How do students benefit from Greek Life?
More than any other single organization on campus, fraternities and sororities offer leadership opportunities, lifelong friendships, human service and philanthropic activities, cultural opportunities, social activities, scholastics, intramural sports, personal development, and group living environments; all wrapped up into one organization. Joining a fraternity or sorority chapter will help make the transition to college much easier. Developing a sense of belonging and making new friends in the chapter can make the campus seem much smaller.
How will joining a chapter now benefit students after college?
Many friendships made through the chapter will last into post-college years. Fraternities and sororities have national networks for its members that help with careers and job relocations. Membership in a chapter can be a lifelong experience that the member and fraternity or sorority enjoy together. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are that he or she will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of their fraternity or sorority in the area.
How are academics encouraged by Greek organizations?
When a student joins a fraternity or sorority, he or she becomes part of a larger group of students who have already made it through their first year at Cal Poly. Older members, who may have the same major as the student, can provide advice and assistance. Most chapters have a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. Ultimately however, the responsibility for succeeding in the classroom is up to the individual student.
Are fraternities and sororities expensive?
The perception of fraternities and sororities may be that they are only for well-to-do students, but Greek membership is actually quite affordable, and the fees go to services that will enhance the student’s college experience. Many students choose to work to help pay their dues to the chapter. To assist members, chapters may offer payment plans or scholarships. The Greek experience is an investment in the student’s future. The skills and experience gained through participation in the chapter will continue to benefit members years after graduation.
Will working while in school conflict with participation in a fraternity or sorority?
Fraternities and sororities recognize that it is important for members to meet their financial obligations and many students will work to help finance their education. Working students can still take advantage of the opportunities available in the Greek community.
How much time does it take?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. The first quarter is the most intensive as new members learn the history of the organization and participate in activities that connect the student to campus. After initiation, members’ commitments vary. Each chapter has weekly meetings and plans various events throughout the year (social, service, philanthropies, initiation). The more the student puts into the chapter, the more he or she will benefit from being a member.
What about hazing?
All national governing bodies for fraternities and sororities prohibit all forms of hazing. Hazing, or any activity that injures, degrades or disgraces any student, is not tolerated. All allegations are investigated. If you ever feel your student may be participating in or subjected to inappropriate activities, please contact the coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs at (805) 756-7267. To report Hazing fill out the Hazing Report Form click here.
Is there an alcohol policy?
Campus policy does not allow alcoholic beverages at any off-campus function hosted by a chartered Cal Poly fraternity or sorority, except when private service for members and guests is arranged by contract with a properly licensed distributor. Additionally, each national organization has policies and guidelines addressing the use of alcohol.
How do students get involved?
Panhellenic recruitment takes place the first weekend after classes begin in the fall. The Interfraternity Council sponsors recruitment events both in the fall and winter. Culturally-based fraternity and sorority recruitment processes take place at various times and are determined by the individual organization. Information will be available on campus.
For more information, visit our recruitment website.