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How to join a fraternity?

orionaryorionary Registered User Posts: 392 Member
I'm finishing off freshman year, and I tried to join some clubs here and there, but unfortunately they didn't work out as expected. I just realized of a academic/career based fraternity here at my college that I wanted to join (but i missed their application deadline), but I still want to join probably this Fall 2019. My issue is, I don't know much about fraternities. All I know is each frat is different and not every frat drink or party. So my questions are:

1) How do I join? I know they have recruitment, but I find it awkward to come to to their table and start talking to them :/. I also don't have any friends that are in greek life, so I'm going solo.

2) What's the process of being recruited like? I know they do this "big" and "little" thing and have to attend rush and events and interviews.

3) Do you actually befriend everybody in the frat, or just the people that are joining as the same time as you?

4) What's the point of formals? I see pictures of other people posting themselves in formal attire, surrounded by other frat/soro people at a fancy banquet or something related.

5) Can you leave at any time? If something occurs and it's not working out for you.

6) Do you actually have to commit to it? Say, I have alot of school work to do and I can't make it to some of their events.

7) Is it wise to join if you're a Biology major + commuter?

Sorry if I have alot of questions. I would appreciate it if someone answers! :)

Replies to: How to join a fraternity?

  • lbflbf Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    @orionary what school do you attend, every school is different? Academic/Career, Service based fraternities are different from social fraternities and will have their own recruitment process. Some schools have offices of student involvement or something like that they also might be able to help you navigate. My son rushed a social fraternity as a sophomore so I will try to answer your questions the best I can...

    1. Your schools website should have information about recruitment so you know how to proceed with that. You will have to put yourself out there so be ready for that. My son is a bit shy but he just did it and couldn't be happier. There are social fraternities, service fraternities and academic/career fraternities so see what might be a good fit. Some people can do more than one type.

    2.This will depend on the school you go to but they want to meet and get to know you. Big little usually doesn't happen until you are a member of the fraternity or at least a pledge.

    3. For social fraternities you really need to get to know as many people as possible but you will become close with the people in your pledge class if you do join.

    4. Fun and bonding

    5. Yes

    6. When you are a pledge you are committed once you become a member I think there is more flexibility.

    7. My son is a double major but does live on campus. I don't see why you couldn't do it.

    Good Luck!
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