Greek Life

Recruitment Information

Recruitment is the mutual selection process by which the prospective member (you) and the fraternities or sororities determine the best fit for membership. It is a mutual process where you have the opportunity to decide which chapter(s) would be a good fit for you and where each chapter determines who they would like invite to be a member.

During recruitment you will meet many members from each chapter and have the opportunity to gauge whether or not a particular chapter is a good place for you. While all chapters strive to create better men and women, each chapter is different and has a different personality. The goal of recruitment is to determine if Greek life is for you and where you find the best fit.

While some specific organizations may have higher standards, the minimum standard requirement to participate in recruitment is:

  • Enrollment as an active WIU student.
  • Attain at least a 2.5 cumulative WIU GPA, transfer GPA, or high school GPA (for entering first year students)
  • Students on OAS status are not eligible to participate in recruitment.

Recruitment is different for each council.

During the Fall 2015 semester, information about fraternity and sorority life, and to learn how to participate in recruitment, you can attend Greek Life 101 on Monday, August 24 from 5-6 pm in the Union Capital Rooms, the All-Greek Fair on Thursday, August 27 from 5-8 pm in the Grand Ballroom in the Student Union, or the Panhellenic Sorority Fair on Wednesday, September 9, from 7-9 pm in the Brattain Lounge. Look for more information in your orientation schedule.

During the spring semester, fraternity and sorority chapters recruit individually and there is no formal recruitment process. For information on fraternity and sorority life, and to learn how to participate in spring recruitment, please contact


Interfraternity Council (Fraternity) Recruitment

The IFC recruitment period is a year long process or what we call "365 recruitment".  Typically the beginning of each semester is the time when most students join a fraternity but a bid for membership can be given out at any time.  During that time, each chapter will host multiple recruitment events (also known as "interest parties") so that they can get to know you and you can get to know them.

During recruitment, the chapter will ask for your authorization to verify your academic eligibility for membership. Each organization has eligibility requirements for membership. While some specific organizations may have higher standards, the minimum standard requirement is a 2.50 WIU GPA or a 2.50 high school GPA for entering first year students. Students on OAS status are not eligible to participate in recruitment. At the conclusion of recruitment, chapters will issue bids, which are an invitation to join the organization. By accepting a bid, you are accepting membership in that particular fraternity. All IFC chapters are permitted to issue bids at any time, and many do so throughout the spring and fall semesters, not just during the traditional recruitment periods at the beginning of each semester. Greek Life is an incredible way to get involved around campus, meet an extraordinary amount of friends, and gain new experiences which will help guide your success in years to come. Don't listen to the stereotypes portrayed in movies or rumors spread throughout, participate in recruitment and discover fraternity life for yourself. IFC wishes you the best of wishes throughout your experiences in recruitment as well as an undergraduate at Western Illinois University.

For further information, please contact Interfraternity Council at

Panhellenic Council (Sorority) Recruitment

Fall Recruitment: Panhellenic sorority recruitment for Fall 2015 will be September 11 - September 13. To participate in Panhellenic sorority recruitment, you must have achieved a 2.5 cumulative GPA at WIU or be an entering first year student with a comparable high school GPA. First year students on OAS (Academic Probation) status are not eligible to participate in recruitment.

During Panhellenic sorority recruitment, you will have the opportunity to learn about and visit each chapter multiple times before selecting the chapters where you want to become a member. Each potential member will be assigned a Recruitment Counselor, who is a current sorority woman volunteering to assist with the entire recruitment process. Recruitment culminates with bid day on September 13, 2015 on the football field at which time participating women may receive a bid for membership. The cost to register for recruitment is $40.00 and registration is online. The registration fee covers the cost of all food and drink you receive during recruitment, provides for buses to transport you to chapter houses, and gets you a Panhellenic t-shirt.

You can register for Panhellenic sorority recruitment online. Registration closes at 3:00 pm on September 11, 2014.

Spring Recruitment:

Panhellenic recruitment for the spring semester starts during the first week of school. Each sorority will participate in continuous open recruitment until either they reach total or have decided to end recruitment. Each sorority will host interest parties for prospective members. These gatherings provide an opportunity for potential new members to get to learn about the sorority and its members. It also affords the current chapter membership an opportunity to learn more about the potential new members. Each chapter will determine the dates, times, and locations of their interest parties along with how many to host. Please contact for more information.


United Greek Council (Fraternity/Sorority) Intake

UGC chapters participate in Intake. Intake is the process of joining a UGC fraternity or sorority. The process differs for each group and each group typically enters the intake process at different times of the year. Intake usually involves the participation of the chapter and occurs with the oversight of local alumni volunteers. Intake may include interviews, group activities, and study of organizational values and history. While standards vary for each chapter, typically a student must achieve the following before beginning the intake process:

  • Attain a second semester first year student status (earn 12 - 15 credits)
  • Attain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Other requirements potentially include community involvement and campus leadership

Thoughts on Being Greek

Why did you go Greek?

I chose to go Greek because I wanted to make my college years more memorable. I wanted to get involved and make a name for myself here on campus along with meeting more people.

-- Colleen Pratl