Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

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Recruitment for 25+ primarily residential fraternities on campus is directed and regulated by the Interfraternity Council. Members of any age may join as long as they are a part-time or full-time student enrolled in the University. Men's recruitment takes place throughout the year and can be categorized into three types of recruitment:

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Summer Recruitment

Summer recruitment is an informal process that takes place between the middle of May and mid August. With the exception of the IFC-sponsored summer events listed online, individual chapters organize their own recruitment activities throughout the summer. To get involved in those activities, you can email the chapter's recruitment chair for a list of events or log on to our GreekLink app on your iPhone/iPad, Android devices of your computer. For the contact information of chapter recruitment chairs and more information on GreekLink, visit www.wsuifc.com.

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Formal Recruitment

At the beginning of the fall semster, the Interfraternity Council hosts an organized process that is open to all men who register. It will begin Sunday, August 13th, 2017 and run through Sunday, August 20th, 2017 and will include all necessary programming for Week of Welcome and will not interfere with classes.  It is open to all men who register.  Men interested must be registered by August 1st, 2017 in order to participate.  Formal recruitment includes house tours of each fraternity as well as invite-only chapter events.

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Informal Recruitment

IFC chapters are encouraged to recruit members throughout the year.  Most chapters continue to host recruitment events during the fall and spring semesters.  Students interested in joining a house should contact individual chapters or IFC's Director of Recruitment to learn about recruitment events they can attend. 

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Moving into the Chapter house

Fraternities typically have a certain number of semesters they ask members to live in. Once again, this is determined by the individual chapter's requirements. The majority of WSU fraternities house first-year students, if granted approval by the University. Students moving from residence halls into fraternities OR sororities are never charged a cancellation penalty or termination fee and can avoid daily housing and dining charges in the Spring semester by checking out properly at the end of the fall semester. 

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Recruitment Cost

Formal Recruitment will cost $25. This cost goes towards the week's activities and food costs for some of our main events. If you sign up for informal recruitment and do not accept a bid by August 1st, you will automatically be placed into Formal Recruitment and charged $25.

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Academic Requirements

All of the fraternial organizations require a minimum grade point average for men to join as a new member. On average, IFC fraternities require a 2.8 from high school. To go through formal recruitment, new members must have at least a 2.9 high school GPA.

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Finances for Residential Fraternities

When your student joins a chapter, he should be given information about the finances involved in membership. For men who summer sign a fraternity, this might come from the chapter’s Recruitment Chair. For men that join in the fall or spring, this will likely take place on Bid Day or at the first New Member Education meeting (within the first week of school). If you do not hear anything about finances, ask your student for the contact information for the chapter Treasurer.

Because chapters are private organizations, WSU has no information regarding billing or payments. All inquiries regarding chapter finances will need to be directed to the undergraduate officers or the chapter advisors. If you are having difficulties connecting with them, please contact our office.

The following data is chapter-reported and compiled from the annual University Approved Housing application. The information is relevant for the 2015-2016 academic year. It is not a guarantee of cost, and should be used only for estimates.

Estimated New Member Fees

Plan A – Your student lives in the residence halls and joins a fraternity during the fall semester. He lives in the halls during the spring as well.

 

FALL SEMESTER

 

SPRING SEMESTER

One-Time New Member Fee

Live-Out Fee

Total

Initiated Member Fee

Live-Out Fee

Total

Average

$284.17

$159.17

$443.34

$468.33

$159.17

$627.50

Highest

$650.00

$405.00

$1055.00

$900.00

$405.00

$1105.00

Lowest

$150.00

$0.00

$150.00

$150.00

$0.00

$150.00

Average Cost for the First Year, Living Out: $1070.84

 Plan B – Your student joins a fraternity during the fall semester (or summer). He cancels their residence hall contract in December and moves into the chapter house in the spring.

 

FALL SEMESTER

 

SPRING SEMESTER

One-Time New Member Fee

Live-Out Fee

Total

Initiated Member Fee

New Tenant Room & Board

Total

Average

$284.17

$159.17

$443.34

$468.33

$4329.99

$4798.33

Highest

$650.00

$405.00

$1055.00

$900.00

$4635.00

$5535.00

Lowest

$150.00

$0.00

$150.00

$150.00

$3420.00

$3570.00

Average Cost for the First Year, Moving In Spring Semester: $5241.67

 

Estimated Initiated Member Expenses

Plan A – Your student is returning and lives in the chapter house (mostly sophomores and juniors).

 

FALL SEMESTER

 

SPRING SEMESTER

Initiated Member Fee

Room & Board

Total

Initiated Member Fee

Room & Board

Total

Average

$468.33

$4329.99

$4798.33

$468.33

$4329.99

$4798.33

Highest

$900.00

$4635.00

$5535.00

$900.00

$4635.00

$5535.00

Lowest

$150.00

$3420.00

$3570.00

$150.00

$3420.00

$3570.00

Average Annual Cost for Live-In Member: $9596.66

 Plan BYour student is returning and does not live in the chapter house (mostly seniors).

 

FALL SEMESTER

 

SPRING SEMESTER

Initiated Member Fee

Live-Out Fee

Total

Initiated Member Fee

Live-Out Fee

Total

Average

$468.33

$159.17

$627.50

$468.33

$159.17

$627.50

Highest

$900.00

$405.00

$1305.00

$900.00

$405.00

$1305.00

Lowest

$150.00

$0.00

$150.00

$150.00

$0.00

$150.00

Average Annual Cost for Live-Out Member: $1255.14

If your student does not live in the chapter house or a residence hall, the cost of living in Pullman will vary widely. Things to consider if your student plans to move out of the residence halls or a chapter facility are: rent, food and kitchen supplies, utilities, furniture, transportation, etc.

  • Can I live in the fraternity house?

    Yes! If you join a fraternity over the summer and accept a bid by July 15, you can move into the fraternity if it is approved to house freshman. You are able to see which chapter have University Approved Housing on our website in the Current Students section under Housing.

    Housing Services offers individuals a return of their security deposit if they cancel their housing contract by July 15. After the July 15 deadline students are not allowed to move into a fraternity house until the end of fall semester. 

    If you join a chapter during the IFC-sponsored fall recruitment, or throughout the school year, you will continue to live in the residence halls and will have the opportunity to move into the chapter house the following semester or year. Living in the residence halls is a great living option at WSU, as you get to experience living with other men on campus while still being involved as a fraternity man!

  • What is GreekRush and why do I need it to go through recruitment?

  • How can I participate in summer recruitment events?

  • How can I participate in formal recruitment?