How to join
Receiving a Bid: Throughout the week, fraternities will offer bids (formal invitations to join a fraternity) to the potentials they feel are the best fit for their respective organization. Although receiving a bid is an honor, a potential should not feel pressured into accepting the bid or feel obligated to stay with the fraternity that has offered him a bid. A potential has three options when offered a bid:
He can accept the bid, which means he has made his decision and is not interested in joining any other fraternity. This is the first step of becoming a member of the specific fraternity.
The potential can hold the bid, which means he is interested but would also like to explore other fraternities before making a final decision. Holding a bid is NOT denying the invitation, but allowing more time to see which fraternity is best fit for him. If a potential holds a bid and later decides to join another fraternity, he should inform the fraternity that he was holding the bid from that he is no longer interested. This is a respectful gesture and will prevent that fraternity from trying to contact him at a later time.
The potential can deny the bid, which means the potential has no interest in joining that particular fraternity. Denying a bid should only be done if the potential is absolutely sure he does not want to be a part of that organization.
Potentials are encouraged to meet with and get to know as many of the organizations as possible, but only one bid can be accepted.
Once the Bid is Accepted
Once the bid is accepted, the potential then begins the new member process (the transformation process from potential to initiated brother). Some fraternities may refer the new member process to an associate or pledge process. Throughout the new member process, the new member will be taught history, values, morals, leadership, and brotherhood represented by their respective fraternity. At the completion of the new member process, he will become an initiated brother of the fraternity.
Requirements to Participate in Recruitment
All potentials must:
IFC Casino Night, None
Chattanooga Lookouts Game, None
Recruitment 101, Sunday, January 11th at 6:00 PM in the UC Auditorium.
House Rotations, None
Chapter Recruitment Events, January 12th-16th
Running out the Doors will be Saturday, January 17th at 10:00 AM (Patten Chapel)
All dates can also be seen on the IFC calendar, specific times TBA
Each respected fraternity on campus understands and values the importance of grades for each of its members. The first priority of a college student is to get an education and with the right fraternal experience this priority can not only be reached but excelled. Some major factors to academic success such as peer tutoring, study hours, scholarship opportunities, and upperclassman counseling is readily available.
Within the structure of a fraternity a member is “in charge” or held responsible for a specific job or an event, not only allowing but forcing the member to become accountable and a leader to inspire his chapter to not only participate but dominate the event. Along with positions IFC, UTC, and the individual chapters host leadership workshops to transform members into leaders.
Throughout the year each of the fraternities and sororities participates in numerous social activities such as home coming, greek show, date parties, philanthropy events, and formals. These activities are a great way to meet new people and build lasting bonds and friendship.
In this slow economy, the job market has become increasingly competitive. With this increase of competition it is critical to have an edge that sets you not only apart but ahead of the rest. A fraternal experience can provide this with the values, morals, leadership, and team working skills learned. Being able to state you were in a fraternity on a resume can be the difference in getting the job or not. Also a fraternity offers many more resources such as alumni, national newsletters and letters of recommendation. Joining a fraternity is an investment for your future.