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    Fraternity brahs: How hard is it to get a bid?

    I've decided I'm going to rush for the winter semester. Never considered it for the fall term, but I really want to now after talking to some friends that rushed. How hard is it to get a bid from a fraternity? There's a couple I've heard good things about, and one in particular a friend said I'd fit in really well at. Do they give out a lot, or is it really selective? I'm sure it depends on the fraternity, but I'm talking in a general sense.

    It'd suck to not get any bids whatsoever.

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    I don't think it's the bid process that's difficult... most fraternities will probably give out more than less...

    They can weed out who they want to remain as brothers during the pledge process and Initiation week.
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    just say you have a good gpa on the interview sheet andthey will prob give you a bid (srs) I know we did that to raise our chapters gpa


    just meet the brothers, act like you give a **** and dress nice and you will get a bid guaranteed
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    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    I've decided I'm going to rush for the winter semester. Never considered it for the fall term, but I really want to now after talking to some friends that rushed. How hard is it to get a bid from a fraternity? There's a couple I've heard good things about, and one in particular a friend said I'd fit in really well at. Do they give out a lot, or is it really selective? I'm sure it depends on the fraternity, but I'm talking in a general sense.

    It'd suck to not get any bids whatsoever.

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    michigan brah here got a bid last semester didnt take it....fairly easy
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    Also, don't strive for multiple bids.

    Because truthfully during rush, you'll probably know the top 1-2 (or 3) fraternity you want to join. Focus on getting to know the guys in there than spread yourself thin.
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    Not very hard. As long as you're not a neckbeard, you can get into any one you want just by befriending a few members and going to their events.
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    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    I've decided I'm going to rush for the winter semester. Never considered it for the fall term, but I really want to now after talking to some friends that rushed. How hard is it to get a bid from a fraternity? There's a couple I've heard good things about, and one in particular a friend said I'd fit in really well at. Do they give out a lot, or is it really selective? I'm sure it depends on the fraternity, but I'm talking in a general sense.

    It'd suck to not get any bids whatsoever.

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    Depends on your university. I dunno about michigan but here is what I know. Frats like it if you're there a LOT. If not, have at least 4-5 people who k now you personally, can remember you and can vouch for you. The system is phucked at schools with lots of frats. Frats want you there a lot so you can't see a lot of frats, but if you don't see a lot of frats you make a bad choice.

    How hard is it to get laid?

    Being in a top fraternity on your campus will help you get laid. Lets say on average you pull a 5/10, you'd get a 6-7/10. That social status bump helps quite a bit. Now it all depends on you bro. If you don't get laid often, don't expect a fraternity to help. Where a fraternity helps is that it provides you the opportunity and ideal settings (if you're in a good one) to have chances at getting laid often.

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    Also, don't strive for multiple bids.

    Because truthfully during rush, you'll probably know the top 1-2 (or 3) fraternity you want to join. Focus on getting to know the guys in there than spread yourself thin.
    This. If you aren't in a great fraternity it's not worth it. I have 50 fraternities at my school, I'm in the middle of the pack. I'll never regret where I'm at or what I've learned from being in a fraternity, and having to work for something has definitely made me a better person socially, but if I had joined a top fraternity from the start it would have been easy for pussy. Probably would have sucked for me personally though with people skills as I had to learn a lot of that.
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    Getting a bid is easy, the only part that could be considered hard is not getting kicked out/quitting while pledging.
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    fairly easy. be yourself. everyone was flipping out dressing up in suit and tie for the interview. I said phuck that and went in with a polo, shorts, and sandals and got accepted
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    Originally Posted by SomeRandomName View Post
    Getting a bid is easy, the only part that could be considered hard is not getting kicked out/quitting while pledging.
    What are some reasons why they would kick you out during the pledging process?
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    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    What are some reasons why they would kick you out during the pledging process?
    Depends on the frat. I know there are at least a couple at my school who just bid everyone who isn't a total weirdo and then boot people for pretty much anything just for the lulz.

    Ignoring the extremes, it's just general stuff like if you can't take the hazing, disrespect one of their friends/alumni or another fraternity/sorority, they decide they don't like you, etc.
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    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    What are some reasons why they would kick you out during the pledging process?
    I would imagine getting blackout drunk and punching a member in the face might get you a blackball.
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    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    I've decided I'm going to rush for the winter semester. Never considered it for the fall term, but I really want to now after talking to some friends that rushed. How hard is it to get a bid from a fraternity? There's a couple I've heard good things about, and one in particular a friend said I'd fit in really well at. Do they give out a lot, or is it really selective? I'm sure it depends on the fraternity, but I'm talking in a general sense.

    It'd suck to not get any bids whatsoever.

    Any advice/tips?
    Really depends on which university. I know a lot of prestigious colleges/older colleges actually have a very strict process but other ones are good as long as you have someone to vouch for you generally. At my chapter we generally give out a cap of 15 bids a semester out of 50ish or so potential rushees and drop a few during their pledge process if they end up being bgger ***s than we thought they were. It really isnt that hard though brah. A lot of other miscers in denial will pretend like it's awesome, but trust me, if you aren't doing it to get hammerered a lot and **** bitches, the whole brotherhood thing is a farce besides your actual pledge class.

    A word of advice: Go top tier or go home. I have no idea why people would even pay to be in one of the fraternities that don't associate with the hot sororities.
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    Originally Posted by SomeRandomName View Post
    Depends on the frat. I know there are at least a couple at my school who just bid everyone who isn't a total weirdo and then boot people for pretty much anything just for the lulz.

    Ignoring the extremes, it's just general stuff like if you can't take the hazing, disrespect one of their friends/alumni or another fraternity/sorority, they decide they don't like you, etc.
    we had pledge tests and they were hard as **** on top of hazing hardcore. we typically gave out 50 bids a semester and had ~40 accept the bids and then would initiate about 20 pledges so take that for what its worth. getting a bid is by FAR the easiest part of pledging. If I had to do it over I wouldn't rush again. Biggest pain in the ass and having to go to chapter and **** gets old once you are in it for a while. You will also outgrow the parties and **** by the time you are 21 if you rush at 18.


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    Really depends on which university. I know a lot of prestigious colleges/older colleges actually have a very strict process but other ones are good as long as you have someone to vouch for you generally. At my chapter we generally give out a cap of 15 bids a semester out of 50ish or so potential rushees and drop a few during their pledge process if they end up being bgger ***s than we thought they were. It really isnt that hard though brah. A lot of other miscers in denial will pretend like it's awesome, but trust me, if you aren't doing it to get hammerered a lot and **** bitches, the whole brotherhood thing is a farce besides your actual pledge class.

    A word of advice: Go top tier or go home. I have no idea why people would even pay to be in one of the fraternities that don't associate with the hot sororities.
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    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    I've decided I'm going to rush for the winter semester. Never considered it for the fall term, but I really want to now after talking to some friends that rushed. How hard is it to get a bid from a fraternity? There's a couple I've heard good things about, and one in particular a friend said I'd fit in really well at. Do they give out a lot, or is it really selective? I'm sure it depends on the fraternity, but I'm talking in a general sense.

    It'd suck to not get any bids whatsoever.


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    Originally Posted by Natty4Light View Post
    Can you rush if you are on academic probation? (Long story, I'm not actually that fukin stupid.)
    at most places no. it isn't a fraternity rule, it depends on your school's rules

    and to OP, it depends on the fraternity. we have cut a bunch of kids because they were straight losers, got balled, but that is different than not getting a bid. just be chill and have a good time, try not to piss anyone off or hit on their girl friend, and you should be fine finding a fraternity that is a good fit for you.

    and agreed to the guy who said don't join a fraternity that doesn't hang out with girls or drink a lot. anything other than that is just a club.
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    not hard at all. as long as you get along with them, seem engauged and they like you... if you dont get one, then no worries. there is always next year, but they are out there to get guys they like... and if they are money hurting, then it will be obvious and you will get one regardless
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    Originally Posted by midniteOG View Post
    if you dont get one, then no worries. there is always next year
    Glad you brought that up. Is it relatively common to have some older pledges? Or will you feel like you don't belong?
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    just hang out with them, go to their activities and talk to the brothers. be chill and you'll get a bid ez.
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    Originally Posted by ralphlauren55 View Post
    we had pledge tests and they were hard as **** on top of hazing hardcore. we typically gave out 50 bids a semester and had ~40 accept the bids and then would initiate about 20 pledges so take that for what its worth. getting a bid is by FAR the easiest part of pledging. If I had to do it over I wouldn't rush again. Biggest pain in the ass and having to go to chapter and **** gets old once you are in it for a while. You will also outgrow the parties and **** by the time you are 21 if you rush at 18.


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    We had 5 kids out of my pledge class initiated with 0.0 gpa's, no joke. This is how it is for the top fraternities b/c we make it hard to get in as you can imagine.
    Don't be stupid enough to listen to this person. Every fraternity AND campus is different. There are top fraternities in my school (one of the top 5) that have 5-6 week pledge programs, and there are some that have semester and a half long ones. It ALL depends.

    Making friends with people in a fraternity will not get you into the majority of fun events. Go pledge and enjoy it. Also, not every fraternity weeds people out like this. Due to antihazing laws, it's risky to drop 20 kids and keep 20 others. After people already know you haze, snitches to cops have gotten chapters shut down.

    It's also not hard to have a high GPA while pledging or being in a fraternity. There are stupid people EVERYWHERE in life and stupid people flunk outta school no surprise. I've never heard of a person getting a 0.0 GPA so it's obviously a southern thing. Also realize southern frats are A LOT different from northern. What this dude says is probably going to resemble your frat life, but not be it exactly. People in the south are completely different with frat life compared to the north.

    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    Glad you brought that up. Is it relatively common to have some older pledges? Or will you feel like you don't belong?
    The sophomore in our last pledge class doesn't get along with any of them. The 21 year old in my pledge class was pretty close with us, despite being a phuck up. It is what you make it. Act awkward, be weird, and you'll be the one people don't like. If you're cool people will like you.
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    OP I'm right here with ya, I'll be rushing this semester as well.

    As long as you are confident in yourself, you should be fine. I know that I'm not some foreveralone antisocial phaggot so I have no worries about getting a bid from anywhere. Just be yourself and be confident.
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    Originally Posted by Weader View Post
    OP I'm right here with ya, I'll be rushing this semester as well.

    As long as you are confident in yourself, you should be fine. I know that I'm not some foreveralone antisocial phaggot so I have no worries about getting a bid from anywhere. Just be yourself and be confident.
    Was actually just thinking bout you. Hit me up with a PM when you are back at State college and are going out. I'll try and get you in touch with one of my friends in another good fraternity that you should check out as well.
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    Originally Posted by tential View Post
    Was actually just thinking bout you. Hit me up with a PM when you are back at State college and are going out. I'll try and get you in touch with one of my friends in another good fraternity that you should check out as well.
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    Originally Posted by Natty4Light View Post
    Can you rush if you are on academic probation? (Long story, I'm not actually that fukin stupid.)
    It probably depends of the fraternity. Nationwide, Beta Theta Pi will only initiate you if your cumulative is 2.5 or higher. Our individual chapter on this campus set it to 2.7. The lowest acceptance I know on this campus is 2.2

    Originally Posted by ralphlauren55 View Post
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    Every situation is different, although I share some of his concerns. Looking back, if I were to go Greek again I may have went with a different organization...

    Originally Posted by TheCappo View Post
    Glad you brought that up. Is it relatively common to have some older pledges? Or will you feel like you don't belong?
    I know of second-semester seniors that rush. Not too sure why-- guess they want the Alumni "networking"
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    Just wanted to update this thread and say thanks again everyone for the advice. The rush period is over, and I ended up rushing hard at SigEp and Chi Phi. I also looked at Fiji and Pike, but decided they weren't right for me.

    I got a bid from Chi Phi, and I'm still waiting to hear from SigEp (although I probably won't be getting one, supposedly they were giving out bids today and I never got one).

    I liked both of them a lot, so I'm happy I at least got a bid from one of them. Looking forward to accepting my bid and enjoying the remaining 3 1/2 years in Greek life.

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