The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Penn is a community of 22 recognized social fraternities: 21 are men’s-fraternities and 1 (Delta Phi/St. Elmo Club) has gender-inclusive membership. At our core, we strive to provide a place of belonging where members experience fellowship, develop interpersonally, succeed academically, and contribute positively to Penn, Philadelphia, and society as a whole. Fraternities at Penn are values-based organizations and comprise a wide array of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.
To learn more about the community, view the Office of Fraternity and Sorority (OFSL) website and IG @penngreeks; IFC IG @penn.ifc. The websites show a list of recognized IFC fraternities. Unfortunately, at Penn, some groups of students operate independently but refer to themselves as fraternities. They are not affiliated with the IFC since they were de-recognized by their National Headquarters for severe health & safety violations related to hazing, alcohol, drugs, and/or other incidents.
Spring 2023 Recruitment
Registration here on campus director is the first step!
Spring Recruitment is upon us and we wanted to make sure you knew about all the IFC and chapter events during recruitment. Check out the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life website join page to learn more about our IFC council and events for recruitment.
January 12th at 8:30pm Houston Hall, Hall of Flags: IFC Expo is the perfect time to learn how the spring IFC recruitment process works, learn what you need to do to be eligible to join in the spring, and meet members from each of the IFC chapters. We request that potential members register on campus director during or prior to chapters events so that they can access your name and contact information to contact you for an invitation to their Invite Recruitment event(s).
January 19th : IFC “Open House” is the time in which any interested students are free to visit the chapter of each organization across three prescribed time slots (7-8pm, 8-9pm, and 9-10p). These events will be in chapter houses and schedule will be posted on campus director message of the day as well as @Penn.IFC Instagram.
Open House Schedule at a Glance: January 19th
To view full schedule and house addresses visit the Open House tab on the left and then click on Schedule.
7:00-8:00pm (Houses near/on Spruce St.)
8:00-9:00pm (Houses near/on Locust Walk East)
9:00-10:00pm (Houses near/on Walnut Street)
All events are come and go. IFC encourages you to visit as many different houses as you can to meet more than one or two chapters. This will give yourself a better chance of finding a fraternity that is right for you and to increase your invites.
Open Recruitment: This stage of the process is similar to Open House, only events are now scheduled by the chapter. Most events for Open Recruitment will happen in chapter houses or near campus. This stage is about a week long so that potential members have time to explore many different chapters in the IFC. Time and location will differ by chapter and be shared through campus director, Instagram for IFC and the chapters.
View this spreadsheet to see this years Open Recruitment Events by chapter, time and location are included for each event.
Invite Recruitment: This stage of the process is approximately a weekend long, and is similar to Open Recruitment, only events are now by invitation only. These events are in-person and may happen on campus or on trips to venues in Philadelphia. By registering on campus director, the chapters can access your name and contact information to contact you for an invitation to their Invite Recruitment event(s) or coffee chats.
January 31st: The main closing event of IFC Recruitment is Bid Day, where all prospective members for IFC organizations gather to find out which organizations have extended them an invitation of membership. Upon receiving a bid, students have 24 hours to submit their decision using Campus Director and complete a Greek Membership Affiliation Card (GMAC), which is submitted through Qualtrics to OFSL.
Throughout January you can find more information about events through our chapters Instagram, @penn.ifc Instagram, and through direct emails from us.
In order to be eligible for membership, a candidate must:
1. Be a full-time enrolled undergraduate student in good standing with the University of Pennsylvania
2. Have at least 4.0 course units completed on their University of Pennsylvania transcript.
3. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
4. Must register on Campus Director or complete Aspirant Grade Verification Form within respective timelines.
Please note that individual chapters may impose additional academic requirements to the University standards listed above. Course credits and academic eligibility vary across undergraduate schools. If you are considering participating in recruitment, we encourage you to speak with your academic advisor.
If you have any questions or are curious about any aspect of fraternities at Penn, feel free to reach out to the IFC VP of Recruitment and New Member Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Follow the IFC Instagram @Penn.IFC
Follow the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life Instagram @PennGreeks