Interfraternity Council Chapters
The Rutgers University Interfraternity Council Community is composed of almost two-thousand men spread across Thirty-Four different organizations. Below you can learn more about recruitment at Rutgers and the different chapters that make up our community.
Recruitment & Eligibility
First semester students must wait until their second semester at Rutgers University to join a fraternity or sorority. Attendance at recruitment events is, however, permitted during the fall semester. Recruitment events for all chapters typically take place within the first three weeks of each semester. All students who plan on joining a fraternity or sorority (regardless of the type of organization) must register with OFSA before accepting any invitation to join.
Registration for Fall Recruitment begins on August 1st
Students interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority must meet the following criteria. Upper-class and Transfer students may become members at any time; first-year students may not join until the start of their second semester. All students must meet the minimum academic eligibility requirements before being accepted for membership. Eligibility to join is based upon ALL of the following:
·Completion of at least twelve (12) credits at Rutgers University - New Brunswick (including credits, excluding AP credits)
·A cumulative GPA of 2.50
·Currently enrolled as a full-time Rutgers University-New Brunswick student
Remember, many organizations have a higher academic requirement then those listed here, so be sure to ask about individual sorority expectations for potential new members.
In order to verify academic eligibility, men interested in joining a fraternity or sorority in the spring must first register with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. If you registered in the fall semester, but did not join, youmustregister again so that your academic eligibility may again be verified.
How and When to Join
First Year students can learn more about our Greek community during New Student Orientation. Members of our Recruitment Team will be at the evening social event and a member of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs staff will present a session about Greek Life in the afternoon on Day 2. Our student leaders and staff are happy to answer any of your questions.
Membership Recruitment (also referred to as “Intake” or “Rush”) begins onSeptember 3rdwith chapters holding individual Information Sessions and Meet the Brothers events. Interested students are encouraged to attend recruitment events at more than one organization so they may find the group best suited for them. Events are typically casual and generally activity centered. Recruitment events are held on campus (student centers or academic space) and off-campus (registered chapter houses) and are advertised via Facebook groups and on-campus flyers.
Although all fraternities are strongly encouraged to recruit members each semester, some organizations may not accepting new members this semester. If you have questions about a specific organization, contact OFSA at(848) 932-7692.
Fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of RU since 1845 and have enhanced the lives of thousands of men and women. In addition to "traditional" fraternities and sororities, Rutgers also offers students the opportunity to join historically African-American, Asian, South Asian Latino/a and Multicultural fraternities and sororities.
Most Students entering Rutgers have the following questions:
Will I fit in?
Will I make new friends?
Will I succeed academically?
Will I be able to get involved?
Will I find other people who are interested in the same things I am?
Are all members required to live in the chapter house? If so, for how long?
What are the costs for room and board?
Are meals provided and if so how many per week?
These concerns are common. Everyone needs to belong. Sororities and fraternities can help you find your niche at Rutgers, offer academic assistance, encourage you to be active in student organizations and community service, open doors for opportunity, assist you in developing social skills and provide you a chance to make friends with similar interests.
Research indicates that involvement in extracurricular activities can increase the probability of graduation, success and personal growth by as much as 60%. Each chapter governs itself with its own elected officers and is supported through either the governing body of the Interfraternity Council (men's fraternities) or Panhellenic Council women's sororities).
To help you succeed academically, fraternities and sororities offer national and local scholarships, Greek honor societies, time-management workshops, tutoring, study sessions, chapter competitions and awards, and incentives.
Rutgers chapters are concerned about the issues facing today's college students. Individual chapter provide monthly educational programs and members participate in community-wide programs. Each fraternity and sorority chapter is expected to host at least two educational programs per semester. Some of the programs that have been presented are:
Alcohol Awareness and Responsible Social Hosting
Legal Issues Seminar
Sexual Health Educations
The Power of the Minority Vote
Healthy Dieting and Weight Loss
The Greek community at RU has a long tradition of active involvement in local and national charities. Individual chapters organize and conduct both hands on service events and raise funds for organizations like:
B'nai B'rith Youth Organization
Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen
March of Dimes
NJ Blood Service
Habitat for Humanity
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
RU Chabad House
An important service project to all fraternities and sororities is the RU Dance Marathon, a 32-hour dance marathon to raise money for The Embrace Kids Foundation, a non-profit organizations affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Friendship for Life
It isn't a secret that fraternity and sorority member like to have fun. Individual chapters hold annual formals, date parties, mixers, barbecues, hayrides and parties at the student centers. Social events like Parent's Day, Homecoming, Greek Week, Founders Day Celebrations and Senior Brunch all create a well-balanced social calendar.
Information for Transfer Students
If you are a transfer student interested in joining our Greek community, be sure to visit with our staff members at the Resource Fair during New Student Orientation Sessions onJuly 11, 16 andAugust 5.
Remember, Transfer students are considered academically eligible to join in their first semester at Rutgers, so if you are interested in learning more, please stop by our table.
A new or initiated member at your previous Institution?
Were you pledging a fraternity at your "old" school? If you did, but were never initiated you can join any one of our organizations during your first semester at RU.
Are you already an initiated member?
If your organization has a chapter at Rutgers you can affiliate with the Rutgers chapter rather quickly. Typically there is some paperwork involved for your inter/national headquarters which will officially transfer your membership from your "old" chapter to the Rutgers chapter. Please contact our office and we'll be happy to connect you with the Chapter Advisor and President who can answer your questions.