How to Join a Fraternity
Unlike some schools, Michigan Tech fraternities do not have a formal recruiting process or week. Instead, Michigan Tech fraternities recruit year round, especially in the forms of recruitment events or rushes. To find dates and times of recruitment events among the 14 fraternities, look for table tents, sandwich boards, and flyers around campus. Don’t forget websites!
For first years, bids can be handed out any time after the fourth week of classes in the fall. For Second years and above, bids can be handed out at any time. It depends on the fraternity on the length of time to accept or decline a bid as well as when the fraternity will begin the new member process.
If you are interested in Greek Life, stop by one of the many all Greek events in the fall to talk to different organizations and get a feel for the community. For a list of the events for this fall, view the calendar for dates, times, and locations. If you are interested in joining a fraternity in general or if you are interested in certain fraternities, attend a few recruitment events. Who knows, in no time you might be Greek!
The best thing to keep in mind when attending these events is to not let yourself get intimidated. These guys want to be your friend and they genuinely want to get to know you as a person. Simply introduce yourself and relax. All Greeks have been in your shoes once so they understand if you are nervous.
So you have a bid or even multiple bids, now what?
Before making the commitment to join a fraternity, the most important thing to remember is that brotherhood is forever (so it’s a big decision). Wherever you join, these will be your brothers for life, and many will even become lifelong friends. So make sure that you have met as many men as possible in the fraternity before making your decision. For many fraternities, bids last longer than a semester so if you are on the fence, it might be a good idea to wait a semester. No one can tell you when you are ready to join but yourself.
To be eligible to join a fraternity as a first semester first year at Michigan Tech, you must have at least a 3.0 high school GPA and be in good standing as a student (for your standing, check www.banweb.mtu.edu, sign in, click the Student Services tab, Student Records, and finally Academic Information).
As a second semester first-year and above, you need to have a 2.25 university GPA. Although these are Michigan Tech minimums, some fraternities choose to have higher minimums.
Once you accept a bid, the new member process (also known as pledging or pledge class) will begin. Each fraternity’s process is different and last different lengths of time. In general, a process can last between five to eight weeks and usually ends with a week of chapter events. Michigan Tech is a strictly non-hazing campus and hazing is not tolerated by any student organization or sports team, so don’t let it deter you in your decision to join a fraternity or any other student organization.
The thing to remember is that if you saw it on television or in a movie, it’s probably not true, was just for entertainment, and not an accurate representation of Greek Life. Times have changed since Animal House premiered in 1978.