What is a fraternity or a sorority?

A fraternity is a group of men or women bound together by friendship, brotherhood or sisterhood, and common goals and aspirations. Women’s fraternities are most often referred to as sororities. The members that form the fraternity share their friendship, efforts and knowledge. Together these members learn and grow and make the fraternity/sorority strong. Their common experience builds ties that last a lifetime. This forms a brotherhood or sisterhood amongst the members which helps to develop strong and creative leadership which leads to success.

Though there are many different fraternities and sororities, they all share common founding principles that are of interest to any college man or woman. Fraternities endeavor to enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual, interpersonal, and social development. The ideals of lifelong friendship, sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction are what fraternity/sorority members strive to live by every day.

Aren’t fraternities/sororities just like ones in the movies and on TV?

Every fraternity/sorority is different and unique, but on our campus, we have yet to come across any Tri-Lambs, 90210 KEG houses, John Belushi Animal House types, or ABC’s GREEK. The chapters on campus pride themselves on being transparent with the community and truly exhibiting the love that comes through every brotherhood/sisterhood.

Fraternity/sorority members are all a bunch of elitists, racists and cliquish, aren’t they?

No. Fraternity/sorority members come from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds. The fraternities and sororities across the NMSU campus welcome diversity. ANYONE CAN JOIN A FRATERNITY OR SORORITY!

Don’t fraternities/sororities take up a lot of time?

Fraternity/sorority membership requires anywhere from 2 to 8 hours a week. Whether it be planning a party, a community service project, or regular weekly meetings, fraternity members have learned to manage their time wisely with other commitments like homework, boyfriends/girlfriends, and a job. This is also why so many fraternity/sorority members have succeeded in their lives.

Aren’t fraternities/sororities expensive?

Annual membership dues vary from approximately $200 to $4500. This cost is used to pay for upkeep of the house, community service, scholarships, intramurals, and the dozens of social events offered. As one member put it -“a fraternity is the best deal on campus!”

If I’m new to campus, shouldn’t I wait to get my “feet on the ground” before I join?

NMSU is a big place. The sooner you know more people, the more comfortable you will feel on campus. By joining in your first year, you will find adjusting to university life a lot easier. It will also allow you to connect with older members that may make the adjustment easier. Most members who didn’t join in there first year on campus, wished they had.

What is Rush and Recruitment?

Rush is the time when the fraternities seek and recruit new men to join. Recruitment is the time for women to explore joining a sorority. It is a time when students on campus have an opportunity to visit each fraternity/sorority and compare what each has to offer so that he/she may chose the best one for him/her to join.

If I take part in Rush or Recruitment, do I have to join a chapter?

No. Rush/Recruitment is a time to see what fraternity or sorority life can offer you. Going to Open Houses, Rush or Recruitment functions or registering for Rush or Recruitment does not commit you to joining a fraternity or sorority.

What is Bid Day?

Bid Day is when you pick up your invitations to join a fraternity. For formal recruitment, the sororities utilize a mutual selection process where interested women indicate, in order, the organizations they are interested in joining and the organizations choose the women they are most interested in having as members. The selections are then matched together. Women receive their bid (invitation to join) on the last day of the Recruitment process.

The men’s fraternities use an open bid process where an interested man may receive a bid from more than one fraternity. Bid Day comes at the conclusion of Rush each semester. If you get more than one bid, this setting gives you a chance to make your informed choice with no pressure. There are also men there to answer any questions you might have.

I’m interested, but I’m still not sure.

That’s exactly what the Rush and Recruitment processes are for. It’s a time for you to see if joining a fraternity/sorority is right for you. The Fraternity Open House is a time to come by Corbett Center to meet fraternity men from each chapter and learn a bit more about their chapter. There will also be men from the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) who can answer questions about fraternities in general without trying to influence you to join any particular fraternity. The Sorority Open House day during Formal Recruitment is a day to explore all the women’s sororities on campus and meet women that could one day be your sisters. The Recruitment Staff and Sigma Rho Chi’s will be there throughout the entire process to help answer any questions or guide you as you make one of the most special decisions of your college career.