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How To Join
Joining a fraternity is much like choosing which college to attend. Just as you took the time to visit and evaluate several campuses, you should make an effort to visit several fraternities to determine your first, second, and third choices. And each fraternity, much like their university counterparts, will be evaluating you to determine if you will become an important part of their organization.

NOTE: To join a fraternity at Elon, you must have completed 12 credit hours and have a minimum 2.25 GPA.

So without further delay, here is the traditional sequence of events that you will likely take on your journey to fraternal membership.

    1. You start by becoming interested in learning more about fraternities. Since you are reading this page, it appears you already are.

    2. If you know someone who belongs to a fraternity, let them know you are interested in learning more about their fraternity and others.

    3. Twice a year, Elon University organizes a two week window for fraternities to recruit new members. This period is informally called "rush." Rush, however, is not the only time to meet members of fraternal organizations. Most groups hold many events that welcome interested members throughout the year.

    4. During "rush," fraternities will each be holding three to five nonalcoholic social events that will give them a chance to meet interested members like yourself. Take the time to attend as many of these parties as you can.

    5. The last day of "rush" is called "bid day." On this day, fraternities will have two to three hours to formally extend invitations (bids) to the men that they would like to become members. It would be helpful if you would be home during these few hours.

    6. With one or more bids in hand, you should then go to Alamance where all of the fraternities will be waiting to see if you accept their invitation.

    7. For the next six weeks, you will be consider a new member, pledge, or associate member. During this time you will have a senior member serve as your mentor. He will be called your Big Brother and will help you learn about your fraternity's traditions, principles, and ideals.

    8. One week prior to your initiation ceremony, you will spend a significant amount of time with the members of the chapter learning about each other and making final preparations for your initiation.

    9. That Friday or Saturday, you will have your initiation ceremony. Traditionally, the initiation ceremony is a fraternity's closest kept secret. Filled with mystery and tradition, you will take several oaths of membership and complete the first part of your journey.

    10. For the next four years, you will have the opportunity to become an active member. And once you graduate, you'll become an alumnus.