Rush is the Fraternity’s recruitment period. Each Chapter does rush differently, but it’s usually a period of 1-2 weeks held twice a year, during which the Brotherhood seeks out new members. Rush events are usually a combination of social events and information sessions. These events are some of the best ways to determine if joining Delta Lambda Phi is right for you. To get the most out of Rush, plan on attending as many events as possible. During events, take the time to get to know the Brothers and other Rushees individually.
When rush ends, Chapters extend bids, or invitations to join the pledge class, to Rushees they feel would make a good fit in the Brotherhood. You may, of course, decline your bid if you feel we are not the right fit for you. When accepting your bid, keep in mind that pledging is not a commitment to be taken lightly.
New Member Education
After the new pledge class is assembled, you will begin a process called new member education. The Chapter’s New Member Educator will teach you about our history, our symbols, and our values. In addition to your New Member Educator, you will be assigned a Big Brother who will help guide you through the new member period. Your new member class must also work together as a team on a number of projects assigned by the Chapter, such as a community service project, a fundraiser, a road trip to another Chapter, as well as participating in any local traditions the Chapter has established.
While the new member process can be intensive, it is also very rewarding. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the new member to cultivate strong bonds with their new member class and learn what it is to be a Lambda Man. New Members are assessed on their individual progress through pledge education, as well as their work as a team. At the end of the new member education program, the Chapter may invite you to join the Brotherhood.
If you feel the new member process isn’t working out for you, you are free to leave the program at any time without penalty. If you do leave, you can still choose to rush again at a later time and may still come to most of the fraternity’s events.