What is fraternity recruitment?
Recruitment is a process in which fraternities and prospective members get to meet one another and explore their membership options. All of the fraternities at Colorado State University recruit year round, in a process called 365 Recruitment, meaning that you can reach out to an active brother at any point to learn more about their organization. As a part of 365 Recruitment, chapters hold large scale recruitment events at the beginning of both fall and spring semesters. These events are designed to introduce active fraternity members to the potential new members to build relationships.
Fraternities are values based organizations, throughout your recruitment process we encourage you to make recruitment decisions based on your personal beliefs and values so you can find a fraternity that you will be proud to be a member of for a lifetime. The active members of the fraternities will decide which potential new members demonstrate qualities that align with the values of their organization while the prospective members will get to meet many different fraternities and can choose an organization that parallels their personal beliefs. Most chapters’ host activity-based large scale recruitment events, common events include: sports games, hikes, dinners, service events, and informational sessions. At all of these events it is important to have conversations with active brothers to get a better sense of the organization.
Are there requirements or expectations for joining a fraternity?
There are eligibility requirements and basic expectations for joining any fraternity on CSU’s campus. In general, each fraternity has certain eligibility requirements and basic expectations such as: GPA requirements, financial expectations, behavioral expectations, and basic attendance requirements. Although all fraternities have eligibility requirements and basic expectations, they vary greatly from chapter to chapter. We encourage you to ask questions about chapter specific requirements at large scale recruitment events and throughout your recruitment conversations.
How to Register for Recruitment
In order to participate in the IFC recruitment progress you must fill out a short informational sheet found on the Colorado State University Fraternity and Sorority Life website as well as register for recruitment online on your computer on the GreeekRush website. You can also download the GreekRush App on the Apple Store or on Google Play.
- Joining a fraternity is a major decision and one that can have a lasting impact on your collegiate experience and post-graduate life. Each chapter has a set of core values that they stand by and are the roots of their organization. Because of this, we highly recommend that you look at as many fraternities as you can in order to determine which one may best align with your personal values and be the best life-long fit for you.
- Joining a fraternity is one of the single greatest opportunities offered to students at CSU so take your time while making a decision to join. There are twenty fraternities recognized by the Interfraternity Council on the CSU campus. They will all be working very hard to show prospective students what their organization is all about.
- At the beginning of each semester, chapters will hold large scale recruitment events at many different locations. We urge you to go to as many as you can. A list of these events can be found on our website as well as on GreekRush. If looking at our website, go to fsl.colostate.edu and click the scroll down to the area that says “FSL Events” where you will be able to see all of the large scale chapter events and when they will be held. Another great way to see what events will be going on is to look at the GreekRush App or website after you have registered. You then can see what events will be held, times and locations, as well as who will be attending.
- Ask questions! Get all the information you need to make an informed decision. Make sure you ask about eligibility requirements and basic expectations: financial, academic, behavioral, and attendance requirements varied greatly from chapter to chapter.
- Remember you can always reach out to the IFC Executive Board and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life if you have any questions.
The Last Step
After attending many chapter events and getting to know different members from many organizations they may present you with a formal invitation to join their brotherhood called a bid to membership, or bid for short. It is important to note that a potential new member may receive one bid, several bids, or they may not receive a bid to membership. If a bid is extended to you, it is up to you to make sure you ask the chapter about membership expectations and bid acceptance timelines. You want to make sure you have all the information you need to decide if you will accept a bid to membership. After accepting a bid to membership, individual chapters facilitate new member education.
Colorado State University, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, and the Interfraternity Council want every potential new member to have a positive and safe recruitment and affiliation experience, if you at any point experience something that makes you uncomfortable please reach out to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life or the Interfraternity Council.