Fraternity recruitment happens all year long

Freshman are contacted by current members to begin the rush process.
Monday, July 28, 2008 | 3:46 p.m. CDT

Rushing for a fraternity may be a little less formal than women going through recruitment for a sorority.

Fraternities recruit a large majority of prospects through informal recruitment. Jeff Shore, vice president of Delta Tau Delta, says that for fraternities, informal rush isn't just a specific time frame; it happens 365 days a year. "Fraternities are always looking for members either for the current or next school semester; however, most informal rush occurs over the summer," he said.

Current fraternity members contact incoming freshmen to begin the informal rushing process. Shore said fraternities recruit through several ways: a member of a fraternity could simply know the rushee from school or through friends; alumni could contact the fraternity with names of rushees; or the student can contact the fraternity and ask how to rush. In addition, each fraternity is given a list of names from the university.

The fraternity will call the prospective members on the list and invite the students to come visit. If the student lives far away, the fraternity will try to coordinate with the student's summer welcome vist to campus.

You can get your name on the list by contacting MU or by indicating you're interested in Greek life on your school application. If for some reason you aren't contacted through informal rush, you can register to participate in formal rush by going to

In the past few years, the formal rushing process has changed dramatically. Shore said one of the biggest changes came when the week for rush was moved. "Formal rush, which once occurred at the end of the summer, now begins in the last weekend of June," he said, "The university moved the date to allow rushees the chance to meet every fraternity, then allow them to either join that week, or continue to informally rush for the rest of the summer."

The formal rush process is broken into three days. On the first day, a student will meet every house in a convention hall. Each fraternity will have a booth, and the student approaches the booths to meet members from each house. After the convention, the student will choose the eight houses he would like to visit again. On the second day, the student will visit each of his choices for an hour or so. Again, the student will narrow down his choices - this time to his top three. On the final day, the student will visit his top three houses. On that day, he can either join the house of his choosing or he can wait and continue to informally rush for the rest of the summer.

With nearly 5,000 people, 48 chapters and four councils, MU's Greek community is sure to have a fraternity you'd be happy to call home for the next four (or five) years!



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