How to Join A Fraternity

The Recruitment Process:

  • Registered with the Office of Student Conduct and Greek Affairs (on-line)
  • Attend Meet the Greeks as well as other events such as Greek Recruitment Receptions  to get a feel for the Greek Community.

  • Attend Chapter Open Houses on the dates designated (there will be 4 dates in the fall and 3 in the spring). Attendance  at open houses is optional, but highly recommended.

  • Attend special recruitment events hosted by the individual chapters you are interested in.

  • Get to know as many brothers as possible outside of recruitment events through classes, hanging  out, eating together.

Bid Extensions:

  • On the designated first day to extend bids, chapters may notify you and extend an invitation to join. At this point you can verbally
      • accept your bid - you definitely want to join
      • decline it- you definitely do NOT want to join
      • defer to a later time- you want more time to make your decision

This decision is not official until the designated Bid Day.

  • Most chapters will continue to extend bids until the designated Bid Day.
  • Bid Day is the first day that a chapter can require an official decision from you.  This is the first day chapters may begin their new member programs.
  • Some men may receive bids from multiple chapters - the period between the First Day to Extend
  • Bids and Bid Day is time for you to consider and think about your multiple options.

Signing Period:

  • After this point, recruitment becomes chapter-specific. You can talk to the brothers of the chapters you're interested in joining about their pledging processes.
  • Students who receive a bid after Bid Day still have all of the same choices as far as accepting, denying, or deferring until the signing period closes.  Anyone accepting a bid and pledging a fraternity, must be initiated the same semester in which he pledges.

Some Reminders:

  • Have an open mind.
  • No event is mandatory. While the sponsored events and the open houses are highly suggested, not attending one chapter's single event does not mean that you will be denied a bid.
  • Don't get caught up in stereotypes or rumors. The only way to know if an organization is right for you is if you try it yourself.
  • Don't go over to only one fraternity simply because your friends or hallmates are. Considering multiple chapter allows you to find the one that's right for you.
  • You don't have to accept any bids you receive on the spot. Deferrals are perfectly acceptable,  and you may need time to decide what you want to do.
  • The pledge period lasts for no longer than 8 weeks, after which you will be initiated into the brotherhood.
  • It is a great way to meet people, develop leadership skills, and use everyday skills such as event planning, working with others, and holding individuals accountable.   

Requirements:

Undergraduate men who wish to join a fraternity must have a minimum 2.0 Marist GPA in order to be eligible to pledge a fraternity.  All Chapter expect members to have a 2.5 or above to join (each chapter sets their minimum requirements).

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