Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Interfraternity Council

IFC is the governing body for 21 men's fraternities at the University of Cincinnati. The purpose of the council is to form a close union of general fraternities at UC, foster mutual understanding and cooperation between the fraternities and university administration, and promote the interest and welfare common to both the fraternities and the university. IFC plans, supports, and hosts various educational and developmental programs for its members.

President: Sam Mangold-Lenett

                                                                             Advisor: John Keith

                                        

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

A fraternity is a brotherhood of men who share a common goal of bettering themselves, their chapter, and the community. Each fraternity has a distinct set of values and ideals that all members, or brothers, of the fraternity hold themselves to. Most fraternities at the University of Cincinnati are part of a National fraternity, meaning they are a "branch" or "chapter" of a much larger organization that also have chapters at other schools. All of the chapters within the National organization abide by the same principles, regardless of the University. However, these principles will differ from fraternity to fraternity, yet common motifs include scholarship, leadership, community service, mentorship, and philanthropy.

The Interfraternity Council, or IFC, is the governing body of all social fraternities on the University of Cincinnati's campus. The Council consists of elected individuals from the chapters in the community. Together, they establish the laws and policies by which the chapter must abide, enforce said policies, and provide resources and opportunities to the chapters and those interested in joining a fraternity.

The purpose of a fraternity is simple: to build men of character who can improve the world. Fraternities achieve this goal by giving collegeiate men opportunities in college that will help them grow as people and scholars, both inside and outside of the classroom.
 
Benefits of joining a fraternity include:
  • Friendship with fraternity brothers that will last beyond college
  • Social opportunities to meet people in other organizations
  • Student housing and meal plans
  • Athletic competitions (intramurals)
  • Community service opportunities
  • Community wide events such as Homecoming and Greek Week
  • Opportunities to host and attend philanthropic events
  • Leadership roles in the chapter, Interfraternity Council (IFC), the the Fraternity & Sorority Life community
  • Mentorship from older brothers in the chapter and alumni
  • Exposure to different cultures and education through community programming
  • Networking
  • A lifetime of memories!

While other student organizations may give you the opportunity to engage in some of the events mentioned above, no other organization allows you to do all of them like a fraternity will. Fraternities are one-stop spots for all collegiate needs!

Each fraternity will host its own individual recruitment events throughout the semester. By attending these events, you will have a chance to meet the brothers of that fraternity and they will get the opportunity to learn more about you. If the members of the fraternity believe you would be a good fit for the chapter and you meet the requirements to join, a "bid" will then be extended to you. 

If you accept this bid, you will begin the process of joining a fraternity. Some chapters have an education process that members are required to go through prior to initiating and becoming a full member. Other chapters will allow you to do so as soon as the bid is accepted. Each chapter has a different process - be sure to talk to the chapters you are interested in to see how they work! You can receive bids from multiple chapters and are not obligated to accept a bid if you do not want to do so.

Each chapter has a page on the Interfraternity Council (IFC) website - by clicking the chapters page, you can see specific information about them. Typically, this includes a calendar of recruitment events. Attend those events and get to know the members of the fraternity! If there are no events listed, contact the chapters recruitment chair or the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Vice President of Recruitment as they will be able to inform you on the best ways to meet the fraternity.

You can be recruited by chapters and attend recruitment events at anytime during your collegiate career, regardless of your GPA or class standing. However, you cannot receive a bid until you meet the requirements to join. We suggest that, if you are interested in joining a fraternity, you start thinking about recruitment as soon as possible so that you can get to know the chapters prior to making a decision!

Fraternities are banned from having alcohol or women at ANY recruitment events. Other than that, there are no restrictions placed on what chapters are able to do. Most events are casual and created to allow as much interaction as possible between the members of the chapter and recruits. Common events include open houses, poker tournaments, sporting events, and cookouts. We suggest going in with an open mind and in doing so, you will not leave disappointed! This is a chance or chapters to meet potential new members, so expect them to be receptive towards you.

You must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5, however, some chapters may have a higher standard for membership.

You can receive a bid from a chapter at any time, so long as you meet the requirements for membership. Some chapters extend bids year round, while others only do so at certain points during the year. As such, each chapter operates differently in this regard!

There is no standard requirement held for dues among chapters - each fraternity is free to determine their own cost. Therefore, it is best if you contact the chapters you are interested in individually to find out their specific costs associated with joining. These typically include one-time expenses and semester dues.