The rush process is meant to provide an introduction to the culture and members of the Alpha Mu chapter of Phi Chi Theta. It consists of a series of social and professional events designed to help prospective members ("rushes") determine whether or not our fraternity is the right fit for them. At the end of the rush process, bids will be delivered to rushes who we believe will be a good match for our fraternity. Those who accept their bids ("pledges") will continue with the process of entering the brotherhood.
Is there just one rush per year?
We have rush twice a year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester.
I’m a freshman and I'm interested! When can I rush?
Freshmen can only rush during their spring semester. Fall rush is open to sophomores and up. Class is determined by semesters spent in college, not by credits.
Are you allowed to rush more than once?
Yes, you are more than welcome to rush more than once. There are several members of the fraternity that rushed multiple times before receiving a bid.
What is the difference between a professional and social fraternity?
Professional fraternities foster brotherhood the same way social fraternities do, yet they add an extra element by focusing on certain types of careers (such as business), giving brothers and sisters the ability to help each other academically, develop their professional interests, and network for the future. Professional fraternities are usually co-ed, while social fraternities are only for men and social sororities are only for women.
May I be involved in both a social fraternity/sorority as well as Phi Chi Theta?
Yes, since one is a professional fraternity and one is social, they are considered to be different types of organizations and therefore there is no conflict of interest involved by being in both. About 1/8 of our brothers are part of a social fraternity/sorority.
What is the difference between the business fraternities?
The culture! Since each business fraternity consists of different people, each has a different feel to it.
Am I allowed to rush all of the business fraternities at the same time?
Yes. We encourage you to explore all four business fraternities on campus in order to determine which is the right fit for you.
What majors does Phi Chi Theta take?
We ask that all our members have intent to pursue a career in business or economics. Our drive for professional and business success is what unites us as an organization.
What leadership opportunities are available?
As a pledge you may run for president, secretary, professional chair or social chair of your pledge class. Upon your initiation into the fraternity, we encourage you to run for one of many leadership positions including seven Executive Board positions and nineteen Chair positions.
What time commitments do the brothers and sisters have?
Throughout the semester there are various fraternity workshops, corporate presentations, chapter meetings, and social events. These events are encouraged but not mandatory. An average week as a Phi Chi brother would include 1-3 hours of events.
What are the time commitments as a pledge?
Pledging is a significant commitment. Pledges have meetings once every week, attend roughly five mandatory fraternity events throughout the semester, including a weekend retreat, and conduct interviews with brothers of the fraternity. All of our members are involved with other organizations around campus, and we realize that conflicts may occasionally arise. We're understanding about these conflicts and are willing to work with you.
Will I be hazed or forced to drink alcohol?
Absolutely not. Our chapter is a dry fraternity. We are committed to creating a pledge process that is beneficial to your social and professional growth. You will not be forced to do anything that you do not wish to do.
Why did you join Phi Chi Theta?
Every brother has their own reason for joining Phi Chi Theta. Some brothers joined because of the professional resources while others joined because of the life-long friendships and memories. We encourage you to come to our rush events and ask brothers what their reasons for joining were.