Interfraternity Council

The University of Mississippi

IFC Fraternity Recruitment 

Formal Recruitment versus Open Bidding

IFC at the University of Mississippi has two processes by which potential new members (PNMs) can become affiliated with an IFC chapter: IFC fraternity Formal Recruitment and Open Bidding. Formal Recruitment is the annual process by which most IFC PNMs join IFC chapters during the Fall semester; it allows each PNM the opportunity to visit each of our 15 IFC chapters and participate in a partial mutual selection process facilitated by Fraternity & Sorority Life. Open Bidding takes place during two predetermined periods throughout the academic year: immediately following IFC fraternity Formal Recruitment period and immediately following the start of Spring semester. Open bidding is a more independent process by which PNMs solicit membership in an IFC fraternity.


2018 Formal Recruitment

Please check back regularly for more information about Formal Recruitment 2018. Save the date, though, for September 23-30, 2018!

Note: the GPA requirement for Formal Recruitment 2018 will be a 2.7.

In the meantime, please feel free to check out the following information regarding Formal Recruitment 2017.

2017 Formal Recruitment To-Do List:

  1. Be sure you meet the GPA requirement  (2.70)
  2. Register to IFC fraternity Formal Recruitment
  3. Update transcripts with University
  4. Complete the Campus Clarity requirement
  5. Attend Convocation (August 27, 2017)* 5pm (Groups 1-7, 5pm) (Groups 8-15, 7pm)
  6. Attend Round Zero (August 29 & 30, 2017)* 5-7pm
  7. Attend Educational Programming hosted by the Office of Health Promotion and the Violence Prevention Office*
  8. *More information will be sent to registrants via their Ole Miss email address. Potential New Members must attend 2 one hour educational programs in addition to fulfilling the University’s Campus Clarity requirement. One program will address alcohol & other drugs, and the other will feature violence prevention. IFC Formal Recruitment registrants will receive an email to their address details about RSVPing for these programs. Save the date now for one of each program:

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

    • 6:00pm – Alcohol & Other Drugs – Ford Center
    • 7:00pm – Violence Prevention – Ford Center

    Monday, August 21, 2017:

    • 6:00pm – Violence Prevention – Ford Center
    • 7:00pm – Alcohol & Other Drugs  – Ford Center

    Sunday, September 10, 2017:

    • 2:00pm – Alcohol & Other Drugs – Ford Center
    • 3:00pm – Violence Prevention –  Ford Center

    Monday, September 11, 2017:

    • 6:00pm – Violence Prevention – Ford Center
    • 7:00pm – Alcohol & Other Drugs –  Ford Center


Formal Recruitment Registration Deadline

To learn more about IFC fraternity Formal Recruitment registration, please visit IFC Fraternity Recruitment Registration.

Formal Recruitment Tentative Dates, Event Schedule & What to Wear

Convocation (Sunday, August 27, 2017)

  • Hosted at the Ford Center
  • Groups 1-7 attend the 5pm session
  • Groups 8-15 attend the 7pm session
  • What to Expect: You’ll learn about fraternity life and consider the value of fraternity membership.
  • What to Wear: Collared shirt, khaki shorts and loafers

Round Zero ( Tuesday, August 29 or Wednesday, August 30, 2017)

  • Location TBA
  • What to Expect: You’ll participate in an involvement fair style event to make introductions to all 15 IFC fraternities.
  • What to Wear: Casual wear (shorts and a t-shirt)

Round 1 (Sunday, September 17, 2017 & Monday, September 18, 2017)

  • Number Visited: All 15 fraternities
  • What to Expect: You’ll learn about fraternity life, including the benefits of membership along with financial, academic and housing obligations of being a member.
  • What to Wear: Collared shirt, khaki shorts, and loafers

Round 2 (Friday, September 22, 2017)

  • Number Visited: Up to six fraternities
  • What to Expect: You’ll learn about philanthropy, community service and campus involvement.
  • What to Wear: Button-down, slacks, and dress shoes

Round 3 (Saturday, September 23, 2017)

  • Number Visited: Up to three fraternities
  • What to Expect: These highly energetic parties provide an insight into the fraternities’ brotherhood. You’ll talk with members to gain a greater perspective of their brotherhood and how they celebrate their fraternity.
  • What to Wear: Jacket, tie, slacks, and dress shoes

Bid Day (Sunday, September 24, 2017)

  • What to Expect: Membership bids will be delivered to residence hall rooms or will be available for pickup at the Student Union for offcampus residents.
  • What to Wear: Bid cards will have attire information.

Campus Clarity

At the University of Mississippi, first-year students must complete the Campus Clarity Think About It (freshmen) or Adult Learner (transfer students) course. Students participating in formal recruitment must complete their respective course by Aug. 21, 2017, the deadline established by the Office of Health Promotion. Students who do not complete their respective course before Round 1 of formal recruitment may not participate in Formal Recruitment. To learn more about the Campus Clarity programs, including how to receive access to the course or timing of each part, visit the Office of Health Promotion.

Grade Requirement

As agreed upon by all IFC fraternities through the IFC bylaws, PNMs must have a 2.70/4.00 cumulative GPA to participate in Formal Recruitment 2017, receive a membership invitation any time during the year, and be initiated into a fraternity. There is no exception to this requirement.


Students should submit their final high school or college transcripts after graduation or course completion to the University of Mississippi. PNMs who complete 12 or more college credits after their high school graduation are considered a college student; therefore, their overall college GPA is used in Formal Recruitment. The grades used for Formal Recruitment are verified by the transcripts on file with the University of Mississippi. Academic transcripts must reflect a cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale. Please make sure the cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale is listed on the transcript before it is mailed to the university. Mail transcripts to: Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 386771848. Final transcripts should be mailed before July 1, 2017, if applicable

2017  IFC Recruitment Guide

To learn more about each of our 15 IFC fraternities, please check out the 2017 IFC Recruitment Guide.


Open Bidding

About IFC Open Bidding

IFC open bidding is when fraternities extend membership invitations outside the formal recruitment process. Open bidding begins the day after Bid Day for two weeks, then opens again the first day of classes in the spring semester for one month. Time frames are subject to change based on academic calendar and formal recruitment dates. Potential new members should communicate with the rush chairs of fraternities they are interested in to learn more about each chapter’s open bidding process. Note, not every fraternity will conduct open bidding.

IFC Open Bidding Requirements

Students participating in Open Bidding must not have accepted a membership invitation from an IFC fraternity within the last year. Students must have a 2.70/4.00 cumulative GPA to receive a membership invitation through Open Bidding and must maintain the 2.70 cumulative GPA to be initiated into a fraternity. There are no exceptions to this requirement.