Frequently Asked Questions
Why go greek?
The University of Illinois boasts the largest greek community in the world! By joining a fraternity, you are exposed to multitudes of opportunities that can benefit you socially, philanthropically and academically! You are thrown into a vibrant social scene and will meet people from many different backgrounds. You are thrown into a community that does tons of good through service and fundraising. You join a group of people that boast average GPAs higher than the average university student and have a network of career connections second to none. However, most importantly, joining a fraternity builds you into a leader that is ready to take on the world's challenges and gives you the brothers and companions to ensure that you don't take these challenges on alone!
What is rush?
Rush is the time period during the first four weeks of school when fraternities open up membership to undergraduate males at the University of Illinois. The majority of these males are new to the school as freshmen or transfers, but it is very common to see older students participate in rush and even join houses. Even if you don't plan on joining a fraternity, it is beneficial to go through recruitment, as you will meet a lot of new people and even surprise yourself on what you find. Many of us didn't plan to rush; but once you find a house where you fit in, you'll be glad you did!
How do I receive a bid?
To receive a bid at Sigma Nu and most other fraternities, you have to attend the various recruitment events and interact with the brothers. If the brothers deem the you have shown interest in joining the house and have shown qualities that align with the fraternity's values, you will be extended an invitation to become a candidate or a bid.
Do I have to take my bid?
While we'd love to have you join the house as soon as possible, accepting a bid to join a fraternity is a huge decision. We recommend that all potential candidates take the necessary amount of time needed to respond to the bid. This includes getting a full rush experience and being sure you join a house that best fits you.
Do I have to become a brother if I accept my bid?
When you accept your bid, you become a candidate to become a full-time member or a pledge. During this time, the fraternity will evaluate you if you are a good fit for the house, and you will evaluate us if we are a good fit for you.
What is the pledge process?
The pledge process can seem like an intimidating thought at first, but it isn't. It is a semester-long process where you develop leadership skills and bonds with your pledge class that will help you transition into an active member. During this time, pledges will attend meetings with the Pledge Marshall where they will get to know each other, learn about Sigma Nu history, house traditions and more! During this time, candidates will have access to the chapter house and all Sigma Nu social and service opportunities.