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.
After the new pledge class is assembled, you will begin a process called pledge education. The Chapter’s pledge educator will teach you about our history, our symbols, and our values. In addition to your pledge educator, you will be assigned a Big Brother who will help guide you through the pledge period. Your pledge 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 pledge process can be intensive, it is also very rewarding. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the pledge to cultivate strong bonds with his pledge class and learn what it is to be a Lambda Man. Pledges are assessed on their individual progress through pledge education, as well as their work as a team. At the end of the pledge education program, the Chapter may invite you to join the Brotherhood.
If you feel the pledge process isn’t working out for you, you are free to leave the program at any time without penalty. If you do de-pledge, you can still choose to rush and pledge again at a later time and may still come to most of the fraternity’s events.