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How to Get into a Fraternity or Sorority

Increase your chances of "Going Greek" with these helpful tips.


  • Step 1: Attend rush party Attend the rush party for the organization of your choice. This typically takes place early in or before the school year.
  • TIP: It's wise to check out several organizations in case you don't get into your first choice.
  • Step 2: Be yourself Like your mom always said, be yourself! There's no point in joining a fraternity or sorority that doesn't accept the real you.
  • Step 3: Ask alum for recommendation If you're worried about your chances, ask an alum of the fraternity or sorority to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • TIP: Don't know any alums? Spread the word among friends and family; someone is bound to know someone.
  • Step 4: Make it through pledging Once you've been offered a bid, make it through "new member education," also known as pledging.
  • Step 5: Maintain grace & humor Maintain your grace and good humor through pledging—which might involve silly or embarrassing antics, but not ultimately dangerous stunts. This will boost your chances of being accepted.
  • Step 6: Enjoy induction ceremony Enjoy the induction ceremony. You've made it!
  • FACT: Eighty-five percent of Fortune 500 executives are "Greek," meaning they belonged to a fraternity or sorority.

You Will Need

  • Time to attend rushes
  • And a willingness to endure pledge week
  • Letters of recommendation from former members

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