With less than four months until move-in day for all of you college-bound seniors, there’s a lot to do to prepare. Last month we covered all of the general things, but for the last edition of The College Convo, I’ll be attempting to help us all prepare for rushing a sorority or fraternity.
I know Greek Life isn’t for everyone, but it’s something I recommend everyone at least looks into. I never thought I would want to rush a sorority in a million years, but as I tried to find my perfect college, I found more and more people that fell in love with Greek life, making me curious what it was all about. With benefits like a community of friends, community service and philanthropy opportunities, and academic and professional networks, it’s worth a second glance.
“My experience with recruitment was amazing, and I couldn’t be happier to have joined Zeta Tau Alpha. I have met the best people in my life and also had the chance to hold a director’s position – Director Of Philanthropy,” Kayla Herrmann said. “Coming in hesitant about the process and having it end this way is the best feeling. I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends or experiences. Living all together my sophomore year is something I will never forget.”
If you do plan to rush, find information from the Panhellenic Association at your specific school because details vary from campus to campus. The basics tend to be the same, however.
“Rush Week” is generally stretched out over two weekends in either the fall or late winter. There are generally four rounds, which usually present themselves in the following order: open house, house tours, skit or philanthropy round (round three varies the most), and preference round. Then of course, there’s bid day where everyone finds out what sorority or fraternity they will soon be members of.
At the end of each round participants will pick which sororities or fraternities they want to go back to. This number gets smaller and smaller as recruitment progresses.
At Miami University, rush is right after winter break and takes place Thursday-Sunday that first week back, then the following weekend as well.
At the first round, everyone gets a t-shirt to wear. The next round is the philanthropy round where Herrmann recommends you wear a cute, but casual outfit. Next comes the sisterhood round where Herrmann suggests you wear business casual dress. In this round, participants learn about sisterhood retreats and hear personal stories from current members of each sorority. The last round is preference round where you dress up in a dress and heels or flats.
Obviously, this is a bare minimum explanation of recruitment. Depending on the school, you might need to gather recommendation letters from alumni, or you might have to get to campus a week or two early to participate in rush (this is mainly in the south). This is why it’s important to check out the Panhellenic association’s website for your school to get all of the specific details.
Another great resource is the Sorority Rush Guide on hercampus.com.
The biggest overall tips to survive recruitment are to be positive and happy, have an open mind, and have fun. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day, right?
Good luck with the rest of your senior year and whatever the next four years bring!