Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who or what is Interfraternity Council?
Interfraternity Council is a governing body consisting of five elected officials as well as the presidents of each of the four fraternities’. IFC is in charge of promoting scholarship and health, and for serving the Greek Life and campus community to their best ability through various programs. Additionally, the IFC Executive Board members ensure that recruitment is as fair and enjoyable process.
2. I heard that the guys in (insert fraternity here) are all (insert stereotype here). How should I take this?
First, remember that there will always be variety within a group of people and there is no way a stereotype can encompass every single person let alone an entire chapter. We understand you are most likely interested in the stereotypes to determine how you will fit in with a particular chapter, but keep in mind that you should join a fraternity because you appreciate what it stands for. The best way, of course, to determine what any group of people stands for is by asking them. Thus, we strongly recommend approaching recruitment with an open mind.
3. How much time will I be expected to commit to a fraternity?
Similar to college, a fraternity is what you put into it. When considering Greek life, consider what you want to get out of it. Common reasons for going Greek are for the involvement opportunities (through social events, leadership, and service), for networking and interaction with upperclassmen, and the formation of lasting friendships. If these are attributes you expect to achieve from Greek life then you are going to want to participate in activities and dedicate time to achieving your expectations. This is a good question to ask chapters during recruitment, as each guy you speak with will have a different method for how he manages his time and commitment.
4. What is a “philanthropy”?
A philanthropy is a charity/foundation that each sorority and fraternity supports. No sorority or fraternity holds the same philanthropy, but each chapter will participate in the activities to help promote and raise money for another chapter’s organization. This is just one example of the service opportunities and unity within the Greek system. This is also another fantastic question to ask chapters about during recruitment.
5. What about being hazed? Is this true?
No! Hazing is NOT a part of responsible Greek life. Pepperdine Greek life is no exception. In fact, the North-American Interfraternity Council (every fraternity at Pepperdine is a member of this) and Pepperdine University have strict policies against hazing and it is not tolerated. Visit the Pepperdine Student Organization Handbook to view our campus's policies against hazing.
6. I don’t know if I’m the “fraternity type.”
There really is no such thing as a “fraternity type.” A fraternity is at it's simplest a group of like-minded men who want to grow alongside one another. And while each chapter has a certain identity or "vibe", members differ a lot from chapter to chapter. Chances are if you really want to join a fraternity, then you will probably find the place that is right for you.
7. Do the chapters vary much from college to college?
Yes, very much so. Chapters often vary a lot depending on the college. The rituals, initiation, etc. are usually the same, but the members of one chapter are often different from the members of the same chapter at another school. Don't let your opinion be swayed based on a fraternity at another campus; focus on the men here at Pepperdine.
8. What does mutual selection mean?
Pepperdine’s recruitment is based on a mutual selection system meaning you choose the fraternity and the fraternity chooses you.
9. How much does being in a fraternity cost?
Fraternity dues range from chapter to chapter. However, this encompasses all of the events, shirts and formal for the semester. The first semester is typically the most expensive between $500-$700 to encompass one-time initiation fees and the cost of your membership badge. After initiation dues are generally reduced to $400-$600 per semester. Feel free to ask for financial details of specific chapters during the recruitment process. If the cost is a concern, ask the chapters what types of scholarships, financial aid, and payment plans they may have available.
10. What do I do if I have to miss a recruitment event?
If you have to miss any of the events for formal recruitment, its not the end of the world. But it is in your best interest to let the recruitment chair of the fraternity whose event you will be missing the reason as to why you will not be in attendance. Chapters take into account valid excuses such as University sponsored events, athletics, and class. If you have any questions you may also contact anyone on the IFC board for further advice.
11. What should I do if I don’t get a bid?
Fraternity membership is certainly a privilege, but it is NOT the end all, be all of college! If you follow the best practices as outlined in this guide you will have the best chance of receiving a bid at the end of the recruitment process. However, there have been instances of a student not receiving a bid for various reasons. IFC recommends that you express interest in more than one chapter (if applicable) to maximize your options and to be genuine. Fraternity men can tell if you are trying to be someone you're not or if you try to model what you think they are looking for. There are countless opportunities to be involved at Pepperdine via clubs, work opportunities, and volunteer projects. If Greek life is something that you are extremely interested in we encourage you to go through recruitment in the spring or go through the process the following fall.
12. What if I accept a bid and then decide to drop before initiation?
The Pepperdine IFC bylaws state that if through the primary recruitment process a potential member accepts a bid and then has his pledge broken by an IFC fraternity or breaks his pledge, then he is ineligible to be pledged to another IFC fraternity on the same campus until the next primary recruitment period (fall recruitment).
13. What if I accept a bid, am initiated in a chapter on-campus, choose to drop, and then be in a different chapter?
An individual who is or who has ever been an initiated member of an existing IFC fraternity shall not be eligible for membership in another IFC fraternity.