Fraternity recruitment is always tough. It is tough to meet new people, and then actually get them to join your fraternity. Here are some great ideas that will help you be successful during fraternity rush.
One – Go to your university athletic events. It is a lot of fun to tailgate for a football game or basketball game. The event will promise to be a great time. This is the base for a fantastic fraternity recruitment event. Also, and probably best of all, it is free! Take advantage of it.
You had great parties and a ton of supportive sorority women. You have a good reputation, but your recruits seem torn between a few chapters?
Three – Mix with a sorority. Think about it. An event with a lot of girls (normally the prettiest girls on campus) is sure to attract a lot of guys. Also, it will be a ton of fun for all your brothers. This is a no brainer for a great recruitment event.
Four – Do something athletic. Fraternity athletics are important. You obviously want to recruit to get better, more athletic brothers. Play hoops or play football to figure out which one of your recruits are good athletes.
Five – Go to a concert. One of the best recruitment events I ever went to was a concert. We purchased a ton of lawn tickets, and had a blast. We rented a bus to get to and from the event. After the concert we all went back to the fraternity house and had a good time. It was a great event.
Six – Go to a comedy club. Buy a block of tickets up front, and you will become part of the show. When a comedian busts on a brother the entire chapter will have a memory. Everyone will laugh and have a great time.
Be transparent. If your chapter hazes, this tip probably won’t be very helpful. Check out some great fraternity resources or your headquarters to learn about the benefits of not hazing during the pledge period. Either way, always be transparent. Honesty is the best policy, and open doors during recruitment help ! more tha n anything. Recruits should know how you operate, what their time commitment is, and how much of a financial obligation they will have. Be sure to take the time to answer all their questions, not just the ones that you are comfortable answering.
These seven events are easy to pull off, and are great ways to recruit new members. Keep in mind that there are a lot of things that are just as, if not more, important in fraternity recruitment than just having great events.
This was actually a tactic that I used for good success as an undergraduate. I found out that one recruit was a golf nut. I was a golf nut so I took him out to play golf. It wasn’t a rush event, just a couple guys going to play golf. The beauty of it was we spent 4 hours together on the course getting to know each other. The guy would end up becoming my little brother in the fraternity and would become fraternity president one day.
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