The Formal Recruitment Process
Formal recruitment includes meeting the members during the summer or spring and getting to know them. During the first week of Fall Term, the Interfraternity Council (official OSU governing body of Fraternities, also known as "IFC") hosts Recruitment Week, where men interested in recruitment can sign up to visit with different fraternities. Here, they will have the opportunity to meet the members and participate in recruitment events such as paintball, poker night, swimming, mini-golf, and more. At the end of the week, if a house has 'bid' the potential new member, or extended an invitation to join the house, they may select that house if they feel it is the right fit for them.
In early October there is a 'jump' ceremony for each new recruit. Each new recruit runs down the stairs of the Memorial Union and jumps into the arms of their selected house, marking the beginning of their membership with their chosen Fraternity. This formal recruitment process happens during both Fall and Spring terms.
Contact the Recruitment Chairmen for more information
The Informal Recruitment Process
The Informal recruitment process gives young men the opportunity to see different fraternities at their convenience and on their own schedule. Informal recruitment operates year-round, and is a great way for houses to gain new members outside of formal recruitment.