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.
- You start by becoming interested in learning more about fraternities.
Since you are reading this page, it appears you already are.
- If you know someone who belongs to a fraternity, let them
know you are interested in learning more about their fraternity
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- For the next four years, you will have the opportunity to
become an active member. And once you graduate, you'll become