The University of Washington Greek community offers a variety of experiences for students. As the largest Greek community on the West coast, with over 33 unique fraternities just North of campus, there is a chapter that offers the right experience for every student.
Informal Recruitment Process
In order to join one of our fraternities, potential new members (PNMs) will go through an informal recruitment process, where they will interact with the various fraternities through recruitment events.
The recruitment process is unique to each chapter, as there are no set times or days established for recruitment; our informal recruitment process is a 365 day a year activity. While every chapter is unique, recruitment usually includes: chapter tours, lunches & dinners, sporting events, trips, etc.
Receiving an Invitation to Join
We encourage each PNM to visit as many chapters, and speak to as many members as they can in order to find the chapter that is the best fit for them. Through the recruitment process, it is likely that a PNM may be extended an invitation to join one or multiple organizations. This invitation is called a "bid," and once signed, will indicate that a PNM is now a New Member of that chapter. If a PNM is offered multiple bids during his recruitment, it will be up to the PNM to pick the right chapter for them. Talking with the recruitment chairmen, and other members of the chapter can help aid PNMs in their decision.
Since recruitment is an informal process for UW fraternities, there is no one set time that fraternities can recruit new members. While informal recruitment allows PNMs more freedom in exploring chapters, it can be a daunting task to begin the process on one's own. The IFC has several resources for PNMs and their families in order to guide them through the recruitment process.
Our Recruitment List provides PNMs the opportunity to share their contact and background information to be accessed by each of our chapters. By signing up on this list, PNMs may be contacted by recruitment chairmen. The Recruitment List is the best way for PNMs to begin the recruitment process; however, if there is a chapter(s) that you are interested in, feel free to contact them directly. You can contact information for each chapter on their profile, under the "FRATERNITIES' tab.
Out of State Students & Long Distance Week
It is much easier for men who live within an hour drive of Seattle to pay visits to fraternities over the summer than men who are coming to UW from out of state. The Interfraternity Council (IFC) recognizes this and created LDW to make it easier for out of state men to visit fraternities. LDW is a specified week with events for out of state men to get a feel for what Greek Life is like at the University of Washington.
During Long-Distance Week you will get the opportunity to do the following:
Tour the inside of multiple Greek Houses, meeting members from each chapter you visit.
Learn about logistics of Greek Life such as:
Being a Greek student and the academic standards of Greek Life.
Housing costs and options.
Philanthropy and community service ventures of chapters and the whole community.
Social life of a Greek Student.
Mentorships and networking opportunities through alumni.
Get a chance to explore the beautiful University of Washington campus.
Go on an off-campus excursion with fraternity men from UW
Your registration costs will cover a room in McMahon Hall on campus at the University of Washington. McMahon Hall is located on the east side of the UW campus and is just a 6 minute walk away from the Greek Community. Meals will be provided at McMahon Hall as well, or you may choose to eat with fraternity men at their chapter or on an excursion.
If you have any questions regarding recruitment, please contact the IFC Director of Recruitment directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may contact our office by phone at (206) 543-1810.
You may also stop by our office located in the Husky Union Building (HUB 236); Monday through Friday, from 9AM to 5PM.