How to join a fraternity: 11 steps (with pictures)

How to join a fraternity: 11 steps (with pictures)
How to join a fraternity: 11 steps (with pictures)

So you are at university and you have decided to branch out and engage in other activities. There are many ways you can expand your horizons while in college, but joining a fraternity is the first idea that comes to mind, at least for most students. Fortunately, there are several great ways you can do this.


Rush a Fraternity Step 1

Step 1. Determine why you are signing up

This is the most important step in the process, because if you don't know why you are in a fellowship, chances are you will be unhappy there and later regret your decision. The reasons for getting involved differ from person to person. There are some who want an even more exhilarating experience, some want to find a family and others do it because it is their parents' will. Don't join a fellowship because other people want you to. Only do this if you feel like it. Find some good reasons and stick to them. You really have no interest in giving one fraternity one reason and serving another to another fraternity. Indeed, despite the rivalries between them, the fraternities still cross-check the information between the potential recruits. Above all, don't say you want to join a fraternity to party and meet girls.

Rush a Fraternity Step 2

Step 2. Realize the degree of involvement that a fellowship requires

Most fraternities still have an oath system (although there are a few that have abandoned it in favor of a whole new system) and taking the oath is a commitment of the utmost importance. Usually, taking the oath implies that you will have compulsory study hours, weekly get-togethers, projects, and maybe even a group trip. This can take up a lot of a student's time, which is why you need to make sure you have enough free time before committing to it. It could also have an impact on your bank account, because depending on the fraternity you join, parties, projects, gifts, etc. will be paid from the pocket of new recruits who have taken the oath, without forgetting that the association contributions which are standard. The amount of money you are going to spend will depend on the fraternity you join and most are willing to help you find a job or a low interest loan to help you if your financial situation is complicated. So don't turn your back on a fraternity just because the fees are so high.

Rush a Fraternity Step 3

Step 3. Forget about campus stereotypes

Don't let other people decide for you. There are some people who might have a positive opinion of a fellowship, while others will have a bad impression. The point is, you can't trust people, and there is no better source than your own judgment.

Rush a Fraternity Step 4

Step 4. Do your research

Find the location on campus where fraternities promote their events. The best time to do this would be in the fall during the first week of school. Indeed, at that time, absolutely all the fraternities will be present. Determine how many associations there are, differentiate between the various ones that are present and which recruiting parties they each organize. Even if you don't want to join a specific fraternity, still take a recruitment form. You might change your mind later.

Rush a Fraternity Step 5

Step 5. Narrow down your options

It is very likely that there are too many fraternities for you to visit all of them in a week, unless your university has a formal recruiting system. Quickly assess the associations when taking the recruiting forms and decide which ones you are likely to like. Don't choose a fraternity because it throws the best parties or has the most girls, or because its members dress very well. Instead, choose a fraternity because you like its nature.

Rush a Fraternity Step 6

Step 6. Be yourself

This is very important. Despite their reputation as bullies, fellowship members can quickly spot someone who is superficial. Be comfortable, have confidence in yourself and RELAX! If a brotherhood doesn't like your personality, find another.

Rush a Fraternity Step 7

Step 7. Be candid

Don't lie, for the same reasons as above. This would only reduce your chances of getting your admission ticket.

Rush a Fraternity Step 8

Step 8. Talk to everyone

Not all members of a fraternity will be the same. There will be several different personalities in each association and if you don't like someone's personality, find another person that you like. If it turns out that you don't like anyone in this fraternity, then it's probably not the one for you.

Rush a Fraternity Step 9

Step 9. Ask questions about the fellowship

The fact that you ask questions will show fellowship members that you are interested and more importantly, associations like this love to talk about their history. Find out what the financial constraints are and how much time you will need to devote to them, the advantages as well as the disadvantages. Good questions to ask are: what is your favorite part of your story? and why did you join this fraternity?

Rush a Fraternity Step 10

Step 10. Narrow down your options again

Once you have reviewed the fraternities that you are most likely to be able to join, choose the ones that you are sure you can get along with. It would be a good idea to only select two of the associations with which you have the best connection, otherwise you may not receive an entry ticket. Also, it will cause the fellowship to think that you seriously don't want to join. Also, having two main choices causes the two fraternities to compete for you. After you've chosen these two combinations, spend the rest of the time doing the recruiting tests. If the members like you as much as you do, there's a good chance you'll receive your admission ticket.

Rush a Fraternity Step 11

Step 11. Remember that if you do not receive an entry ticket from either of the two associations and you still want to join one, you must continue to do the recruitment tests

Hang out with them until the end of the hazing week on a more personal level. The few members you date are most likely going to convince others that you are a good fit. Most of the time, an entry ticket is not offered to aspirants because the fellowship wants to wait and see if they are really serious. If you don't get one, it's not the end of the world either.


  • Be serious about participating in recruitment tests. Don't act like you like something if you don't. You will only make it more difficult for yourself and for the fellowship.
  • Likewise, don't rely on your old college friends who have already joined a fellowship.
  • Do not join a fraternity during your first semester at college. It is best that you have a quiet period to acclimate to your new surroundings.
  • If you want to join a fellowship to party, think back to your situation. Each university association organizes parties. Some simply make their parties more remarkable than others.
  • Don't rely on inheritances. If your father or grandfather was in a fraternity, there is a myth that you are admitted there by inheritance, which will automatically give you an entry ticket. This is completely wrong. Most associations ignore this rule because it only leads to arrogance. Just because your father or grandfather has been in a fraternity does not necessarily mean that you will feel comfortable in that fraternity or even any other. You are unique and you have a personality that is different from that of your ancestors.
  • Learn the Greek alphabet. If you like math, chances are you already know it. In addition, all the fraternities lead their recruits to learn it anyway. This will come in handy when trying to find out if someone has a Pi or Psi on their sweater.


  • These guidelines help you know how you can join a fellowship and not a sorority. Sororities indeed have a totally different recruiting system.
  • Never, ever refer to a fraternity by using the word Frat. The latter has a negative connotation and most fraternities are extremely offended. Some people might not care, but be sure to find out what the person you're talking to first. In general, the word Frat is taboo, which is why you should play it safe and avoid using it.

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