Rushing at Tulane?

<p>So I'm an upcoming freshman and I'm looking to rush. Just a few quick questions for anyone knowledgeable about the situation. I'm a pretty preppy kid and I had bids lined up at two big SEC state schools so I'm interested, just need to know about Tulane's situation.</p>

<p>How big is greek life on campus?</p>

<p>How difficult will it be to go into the process not knowing anyone? (At Alabama and schools like that you really need to know someone in advance to guarantee a bid, there's just too many kids rushing in one week to maximize your chances)</p>

<p>I'm black, will this hinder me in any way? (It hasn't elsewhere as I'm conservative, but you never know)</p>

<p>How big are the fraternity houses? Are they mansions like Ole Miss, bama, Auburn etc. or just regular houses?</p>

<p>That's it for now. Thank to anyone who responds!</p>

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<p>Fairly significant, with about 25-30% of the students joining. It doesn't dominate like it does at some schools, or even as much as it used to at Tulane some years back, but it certainly can play a major role in your life at Tulane if you decide to go that way.</p>

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<p>This shouldn't be an issue at all. Since most of the students are from OOS and come in not knowing anyone, or maybe only a few from their high school, everyone is pretty much in the same situation. Also, Tulane has taken the same route as many other schools and doesn't allow rushing until Spring semester. So you have a semester to get to know people, find out what's what, etc.</p>

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I'm black, will this hinder me in any way?

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<p>Someone currently in Tulane Greek life would be better to answer this, but my strong intuition is that it won't matter at all. I don't think race, politics, sexual preference, etc. makes much difference to most students any longer as far as making friends. It will depend more on whether you are a good guy that they like to hang with.</p>

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How big are the fraternity houses? Are they mansions like Ole Miss, bama, Auburn etc. or just regular houses?

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Just regular houses. I remember driving through Tuscaloosa during my sophomore year and I was shocked to see how huge the frat houses were there. Tulane is in a residential area, and the frat houses are pretty much just houses that are somewhat larger than average.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Thanks so much FC!</p>

<p>Does anyone involved in TU's greek life have a response?</p>

<p>It's there if you want it, not there if you don't. </p>

<p>It's not like SEC schools where it'll make or break your popularity/required to have a social life; however, a lot of the sororities lack the prestige that you'd find at Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss etc. Frats will throw parties all the time during the first semester tho, and the great thing is that anyone can go. It's not heavily divided like other schools. </p>

<p>I guess what I'm saying is this: greek life is legit, but it's not the entire aspect of the social scene. Probably because Tulane is in NOLA... and no one in NOLA needs to be wearing certain letters to have fun, lol.</p>

<p>Being black doesn't mean anything, lol.</p>

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If you choose Tulane, you'd find out that mostly everyone "doesn't know anyone."</p>

<p>We come from all over the country.</p>

<p>Alright, thanks man!</p>

<p>If you don't mind me asking, what fraternity are you in?</p>

<p>One more thing, do we need letters of recommendation or anything like that?</p>

Does anyone know anything about Alpha Kappa Psi at Tulane? How would you describe it?

@tanxka Alpha Kappa Psi is an academic fraternity, the members are incredibly close with one another and could be a good network. Obviously it is less partying and what not than the social fraternities, but tends to be more social than the other academic ones.

@CostaDelMar at Tulane, official rush is delayed until the second semester so you have plenty of time to meet a lot of the guys in your potential fraternity before they decide on bids. Also one of my pledge brothers was black and it genuinely made no difference, brotherhood is brotherhood.

@tanxha I’m actually in AKPsi at Tulane! It is technically an academic fraternity (business) but that being said it is very social as well. I’m not in a social sorority and love the fact that AKPsi is co-ed.