Most fraternities claim to be very selective during recruitment. However, that often isn’t the case. In the eternal quest for numbers, a fraternity will rush anybody and everybody to try to get a huge new member class. In the long run, this could cripple your new member class and fraternity.

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I am an Asian student at school in Texas. I am going to be a junior next year and I have decided to rush in the fall of 2011. I do not wish to rush my university’s multicultural Asian-interest fraternities but an “IFC” one instead.

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Eventually, during every recruitment, the fraternity conversation happens. It happens at different times for different people. The people that are truly interesting in joining a fraternity will ask the questions that all fraternity men have asked. When they ask you these questions, you have to be prepared to answer them.

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Apathetic fraternities often have the same response to the question of chapter growth. They say that they don’t want to grow, because if they did then they won’t know their brothers. So they struggle with their existence of 15 to 20 brothers…

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I just found out I was rejected to a fraternity I really wanted to get into. Also this was my second time rushing for this fraternity. My question is should I rush for the same fraternity again next fall or just try to rush for a different fraternity?

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Here’s an idea that for what was possibly the most effective AND inexpensive rush event for our fraternity – Q&A session. This is a great alternative to yet another costly event with some sort of gimmick theme that is meant to elevate an outsider’s opinion of your fraternity, while brothers force awkward conversation with strangers.

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1. Ask your friends – This is the most obvious place to look, but this is where you always want to start. Unless you are socially inept, you have friends that aren’t in the fraternity. Recruit them. If they don’t want to join, find out why. You can learn a lot about your fraternity this way.

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Let’s face it, nobody wants to go through rush these first few weeks back from Christmas break. Spring recruitment seems much more difficult, and that often turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy. While it is difficult to motivate brothers for spring recruitment, it isn’t impossible.

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It is the week before Thanksgiving, I realize the last thing in the world you care about is rush. However, a little effort this time of year will go a long way in January.

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