Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who or what is Inter Fraternity Council?
Inter Fraternity Council is a governing body consisting of four elected officials as well as the presidents of each of the five 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 networks and interaction with upper classmen, 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 in the world 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.
6. I don’t know if I’m the “fraternity type.”
There really is no such thing as a “fraternity type.” Members differ a lot from chapter to chapter. Chances are if you really want to join a sorority, 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.
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. 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. 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?
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. 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. Additionally, Pepperdine offers many other great opportunities to get involved on campus.
12. What if I accept a bid and then decide to drop before initiation?
The Pepperdine IFC constitution states 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 for one semester.
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.
14. What is the “day of silence?”
The day of silence is the day following bid night. It is a day where all active fraternity members are prohibited from interacting with potential new members in order to give them time and space to make a decision about potentially pledging a chapter on campus.