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Recruitment is a time of mutual selection between students and fraternity/sorority organizations. In addition to fraternity/sorority organizations selecting new members, your student selects an organization with which s/he wishes to be affiliated with. Recruitment events for fraternity/sorority organizations at UC Merced are alcohol-free and are held during the beginning of the spring semester.

Students who choose to participate in recruitment activities are under no obligations to join any organization. At the end of recruitment, the fraternity/sorority organizations extend formal written invitations (bids) to students. If a student chooses to accept the bid, then s/he is affiliated with that organization as a new member or pledge.