Understanding the Recruitment Process
K-State has 26 chapters that make up the Interfraternity Council. Fraternities recruit year-round, but we encourage you to begin the recruitment process the semester before you would like to join. (Incoming freshmen: We encourage you to start the process during the beginning of spring of your senior year in high school).
Incoming freshmen may sign with a fraternity in the spring of their senior year, or they may continue the recruitment process through the summer and even into the fall semester. The goal of the recruitment process is to learn more about the fraternities and interact with current members so you can decide which one to join.
While fraternity recruitment is an informal, chapter-driven process, there are steps you can follow to ensure you are successful. Check out this infographic here to learn more!
1. Register for fraternity recruitment online.
The process is complete in minutes and your contact information will be stored in a secure database. Each fraternity's recruitment chairmen will be able to access your information and contact you.
Disclaimer: Registration or participation in K-State Fraternity Recruitment is NOT an offer nor a guarantee of membership. Membership selection is at the sole discretion of each fraternity and its members and is not influenced or controlled by the K-State IFC or K-State Greek Affairs.
2. Research chapters and directly contact those that spark your interest.
The recruitment process works best when you take initiative. Contact the recruitment chairmen of the chapters that you might be interested in directly. Each of our fraternity chapters has one or two people elected to serve as recruitment chairperson(s). These men will review your information from the database and begin calling, writing, or e-mailing you. They will send you information about their fraternity, why you should join, what kinds of philanthropies they are involved in, what kinds of social activities they are planning for next year, etc. You should also contact them to begin the process.
You can also learn more about each fraternity on your own by visiting our fraternity list. You can click on each fraternity's individual website to learn about its mission, values, principles, history, and more.
3. Attend chapter recruitment events and university-sponsored activities.
Once you have decided which fraternities that you're interested in, you may begin to participate in their ongoing recruitment events. These events, scheduled throughout the spring and summer, are small social gatherings designed to introduce prospective new members to the current fraternity members. The chapters may have a barbecue, go bowling, play paintball, golf, watch movies, etc. Invitations will be sent to you by the recruitment chairpersons as events are scheduled. Many of these events are in the Manhattan area, but recruitment chairmen are also often willing to travel to your area should that work better with your schedule
In the fall and spring semester, the Office of Greek Affairs will host several events where most fraternities will be in attendance. This includes events at the K-State Olathe campus and Fraternity Experience, and all-day event on the K-State campus.
4. Receive and accept a bid to join a chapter.
Most chapters will offer you a bid (an invitation to join their fraternity), but don't be afraid to ask the recruitment chairmen directly if you may join. The recruitment process is complete when you have signed a bid card.
If you choose to join a fraternity that does have a facility, you will generally move in as a new member. If this is an option you are considering, it is recommended you begin your recruitment process early in the spring semester to ensure you have secure housing for the fall semester. Generally, the earliest you can be offered a bid would be in mid-February. Each individual fraternity should be able to share with your their timeline for bid extension, so you can know when you have official details and a housing contract.
If you choose to join a fraternity that does not have a facility, you would live in the residence halls or another living arrangement of your choosing. Fraternities without facilities still offer a great fraternity experience with the only difference being that you don't live together.