Recruitment FAQs

What is Rush or Recruitment?

Formal Fraternity Rush takes place the second week of the fall and spring quarters. Through a wide variety of events, chapters will share the meaning of their brotherhood. Rush is also an opportunity for the chapter members to get to know the potential member and for the potential member to get to know them. It is a relaxed setting for the potential member to meet as many chapters and chapter members as possible and to ask whatever questions the potential member feels pertinent, such as finance, scholarship, activities, housing, and time commitment. Most importantly, the potential member should look for a chapter where he feels comfortable with the men.

Which Fraternity is Right for Me?

The only way to know which chapter you feel truly welcome in is to see as many as possible. We encourage potential recruits to visit every chapter, because you never know how much it may appeal to you until you meet the members. Take advantage of the Rush period and see several chapters, you may find yourself at a fraternity you never thought you’d be at and love it!

How do I Join after Recruitment?

After Rush is about two-thirds over, chapters will begin to give out “bids”. Bids are an invitation to join a fraternity as a pledge/new member. Once you have signed a bid, you’ve committed to pledging that house, you cannot sign another bid until being released from the first. More than one fraternity may give you a bid. At this point, you will have the option to decide which card you will sign and which house you will commit to.

What happens after I sign my bid?

Once you have decided on a fraternity, and have signed your bid, you become a pledge/new member of that chapter. Pledging is a period where you will learn about your fraternity’s history and rituals.

What if I don’t receive a bid from the chapter I want to join?

Most likely the brothers of the fraternity don’t know you well enough at that point, and the best solution to this problem is to continue attending Rush events. Usually bids are given throughout the last days of Rush. If you do not end up receiving a big from the house you wanted, it does not mean that you should give up. This is a good opportunity to go and check out some other fraternities around campus, and see what they have to offer.

Above all, we want you to have a good time during Rush, so take advantage of all it has to offer. Remember that joining a fraternity is a big decision; so make sure that you feel comfortable about where you choose to go. All the fraternities on campus have lots to offer, so wherever you end up, we’re sure you’ll have a blast.

If I join a fraternity, am I going to be hazed?

Hazing is a violation of the University of California, San Diego laws and university policies. Every national fraternity or sorority has banned hazing, and each chapter is obligated to comply with these regulations. Most chapters have a new member program (a.k.a. a pledge program) where new members learn what it means to be a member of the chapter. Once the program is completed, new members are initiated into membership. In addition to the hazing policy, all university policies apply to the fraternity and sorority community.

Are Greeks involved in other activities on campus?

Being a member of a Greek organization provides numerous outlets to becoming involved on campus. At UCSD, Greeks are currently represented among the Associated Student Body Executive Cabinet, Senate, and individual college boards. Past Associated Student President, Harry Khanna, is a member of the Greek Community. Many Greeks at UCSD are also Student Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisors, or participate in individual college activities such as Muirstock, Marshall-Palooza, Warren Live, and more. The Greek community also has a number of NCAA Division 2 athletes, some competing in national championships across the country. Whatever area of interest you may be inclined to pursue, the Greek community will provide the means and foster you to become involved and a better leader.

Do Greeks participate in volunteer activities?

Every year, the Greek community raises thousands of dollars and volunteers hundreds of hours toward philanthropic activities. A philanthropy is the change for an organization to increase the well-being of humankind through either charitable aid or donations. Every fraternity and sorority has a national philanthropy that they sponsor every year through events. To name a few, Sigma Chi has Derby Days, Pi Kappa Alpha has Firefighter Challenge, Sigma Phi Epsilon has SigEp SunCup, and Sigma Alpha Mu has Sammy Sandcastles. To find out more about each chapter’s philanthropy, visit their individual chapter profiles under the Chapter Profiles link.

My parents don’t want me to join a fraternity because they think it will hurt my grades. Is this true?

Most parents who do not want their kids to go Greek do not know all the great aspects of going Greek. Aside of the opportunities of leadership, community service, social interaction and friendship, the Greek community has a number of valuable resources to further your academic career. At a school as rigorous as UCSD, the challenges many students face can seem overwhelming. Many fraternities have older brothers who have gone through similar majors and can provide tutoring or old quiz material to help you prepare for your exams. Many fraternities even offer incentives such as free dues to the highest GPA achieved by a member for that academic quarter. In virtually every class you take, there will be other Greeks in the class as well, giving you the opportunity to form study groups through the connections that fraternities encourage. Whatever sort of academic support you may need, being a member of the Greek community will offer you the resources that you may need.

I am transfer student, am I too old to rush?

No. In fact, many of the new members recruited in the Fall quarter are transfer students who want to make the most of the last two or three years they have in college. All Greek organizations are always welcoming new members and age is not a factor in membership. Fraternities are looking for people who they feel will make a great brother and if you possess the qualities they are looking for, then there is no age too old.

Are there long term benefits to being a member of a Greek organization?

Joining a Greek letter organization is a life-long commitment. There are continued opportunities to enjoy the benefits of membership even beyond college. On a campus with over 17,000 students, it is important to find a network of friends and allies to provide the support needed to be successful. As an undergraduate, the fraternity/sorority experience provides opportunities to meet students from other campus chapters. Members are encouraged to participate in other campus life programs and to join other student organizations. Intramural sports and special campus events provide even more opportunities to meet students, faculty and staff from various agencies and departments. The chapter also provides opportunities for members to meet brothers and sisters from chapters at other campuses, usually through a regional or national leadership conference. The fraternity and sorority experience is not limited to the college years, as it continues through adulthood. Alumni associations are available across the country and the potential for career connections are endless. Alumni and national volunteers provide advice and guidance for the chapter and its members as well as serve on house and alumni corporations.

What are the costs of being in a fraternity?

There is a financial obligation required to become a member of a Greek letter organization. Each chapter has quarterly dues that are used to operate throughout the quarter. The amount of dues varies from one organization to the next. Most chapters on campus have quarterly dues in the range of $200-300. These costs typically cover many of the events actives participate in throughout the quarter and year. When a student is looking to join a Greek organization, it is encouraged that they inquire about the financial obligations of joining that respective chapter. The first quarter in a fraternity or a sorority typically has higher fees for initiation and pledge or associate member fees.

Commonly used terms during recruitment.

Formal Rush – Organized by the Inter Fraternity Council, formal rush is a week of scheduled events showcasing each fraternity. This is held during the Fall and Spring quarters

Rushee – Anyone who goes through Formal Rush.

Dry Rush – No alcohol allowed at all, at any time for any functions. This is UCSD’s and the Interfraternity Council’s policy for both Fall and Spring Recruitment.

Active – Member of the fraternity. An active has gone through the pledge process and has been initiated.

Bid Card – A card given to you by a member of a fraternity offering you the opportunity to join. You may be given more than one during Rush but you can only sign one because it is essentially a binding contract between you and that fraternity for the quarter.

Bid – A fraternity’s official, written invitation to join their organization given on a respective bid day.

Early Bid – Being offered a bid from a fraternity before bid day.

Pledge – Status of someone who has accepted a bid, but has not yet been initiated.

Pledge Class – Group of people who accepted a bid to the same fraternity and are pledging together.

Depledging – To decide to drop out of a fraternity after having accepted a bid. Normally, you cannot join another fraternity for a specified time after your depledging.

Hazing – Being forced to do things that are against your will, and violate you as a human being. Hazing is illegal and will result in formal sanctions against the participant organization through a combination of the Inter Fraternity Council Judicial Board, School Authorities, as well as local/state law enforcement agencies

Initiation – Ceremony in which pledges become actives.