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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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).