Do Many Juniors or Seniors Rush Fraternities?

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Question:

Do many juniors or seniors rush fraternities?


Answer:

To answer your question directly – no. The majority of people who rush fraternities are freshmen, and the majority of those guys are first semester freshmen.

However, there are a ton of juniors and seniors who wish they would have joined a fraternity when they were younger, but think the process is too involved to do as an upperclassman.

Often, this is a poor reflection on our new member programs. An upperclassman is not naïve about what goes on in a lot of new member programs, and they will not subject themselves to hazing. This is another reason why it is so important to eliminate hazing from our new member programs.

That being said, there should be no reason why upperclassman shouldn’t join your fraternity. Your brothers are going to meet guys who aren’t affiliated throughout their college career, and it would be foolish not to get the good ones to rush.

Actually, the best fraternity brother I know joined as a junior. While he was only a brother for a year as an undergraduate, he has given more to the fraternity as an alumnus than you could imagine. My fraternity probably would have literally folded without his contributions and leadership during difficult times. Thank goodness someone rushed him even though he was an upperclassman.

Like I stated, most juniors and seniors do not rush fraternities. Don’t let that dissuade you though from rushing high caliber men.






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2 thoughts on “Do Many Juniors or Seniors Rush Fraternities?

  1. Do you really think a good anuomt of kids are coming to Union for the parties? Maybe like a percent or two of the population, but I’m pretty sure the majority of the population is attending Union because it is a good school. Yes, I agree that being ranked the 5th best party school (or what ever the actual title is) is a bad thing but do you think it’s smart to shut away first years to greek life? Personally, I believe you are putting a lot of freshman at risk to go out into Schenectady with kids they just met (and to be serious, you can’t really call your first year roommate your most trustworthy friend by the end of 3rd week). First years are now being forced to drink behind closed doors, in a more risky environment. At least at greek parties there were upperclassman, greek members, that look out for these people. Screw recruitment, safety is really the issue. First years, along with most college students, want to experiment with alcohol. This isn’t something new to this world. Allowing safe drinking in safe locations would be a lot smarter then the policy that’s in place now.P.S. proofread.

  2. “Actually, the best fraternity brother I know joined as a junior. While he was only a brother for a year as an undergraduate, he has given more to the fraternity as an alumnus than you could imagine. My fraternity probably would have literally folded without his contributions and leadership during difficult times. Thank goodness someone rushed him even though he was an upperclassman.”

    This is well said. We should be looking to grow our brotherhood by inviting the very best man, regardless of year, age, etc. Who will best represent the values and qualities of your fraternity? If men don’t see value in joining after freshman or sophomore year, do you really belong to a fraternity for life?

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