Interfraternity Council Recruitment

fraternity members posing at community parkThe Interfraternity Council at the University of Louisville believes in continuous, year-round recruitment – but to facilitate a positive experience for incoming students, a formal week of events is planned each fall. Formal recruitment for fall 2020 will take place August 24-27 from 6pm-9pm each night.

Any of the information on this page is subject to change based on recommendations from the University of Louisville and Governor Beshear related to the coronavirus pandemic.


You can register for recruitment here beginning May 1st. Registering for recruitment is strongly encouraged, but not required. Completing the registration from is an opportunity to tell each of the chapters about yourself, and gives chapters the ability to reach out and get to know you over the summer. Additionally, it allows each chapter to verify that you meet their eligibility requirements prior to recruitment. There is no fee to register for recruitment.

Fall Recruitment Schedule

Pre-Rush Events: Wednesday, August 12th through Sunday, August 23rd.
Pre-Rush Events are events hosted by individual chapters prior to recruitment. Attending these events gives you an opportunity to meet the men in each chapter and go into recruitment week with a better idea of which groups you might want to join. All Pre-Rush events will offer an in person and virtual option for participation. Pre-Rush Events will be added to the schedule throughout the summer, and can be found on the IFC page on Engage.

Recruitment: Monday, August 24th through Wednesday, August 26th
On each day of recruitment, chapters will host open houses from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The locations of each chapter will be shared closer to recruitment. You can attend as many or as few chapters as you would like. These open houses will give you the chance to meet several members at one time and learn about each chapter. You will be able to participate in these events in person or virtually.

Bid Card Signing and New Member Education: Thursday, August 27th
At 6:00pm, you will go to the chapter you have decided to join (in person or virtually) and meet the other men in your new member class. You will fill out the required online paperwork for IFC on this night.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I only join an IFC fraternity during formal recruitment?
No, you can join an IFC fraternity at any point during the academic year. IFC hosts a formal recruitment at the beginning of each semester to give interested students the opportunity to learn about several chapters at one time.

How much does it cost to be a member of an IFC fraternity?
The first semester of membership is typically slightly more expensive due to various new member and initiation fees paid to the inter/national organization. We strongly recommend asking each chapter you are interested in to share their financial obligations prior to joining. Recruitment is a great time to ask current members about the payment plans and scholarships they offer to help make the fraternity experience more affordable for their members.

We have compiled the average costs and range in costs to give you an idea of what to expect:
New Member Semester Dues: $550 ($475-$600)
Active Member Semester Dues: $500 ($400-$540)