Recruitment (also known as fraternity “rush”) at Purdue is the process of joining a group in the Greek or cooperative housing system. Rushing a fraternity can be a life-changing experience, providing many benefits to members that would not otherwise be experienced during and after college. Rushing one of the 41 campus fraternities is the first step in experiencing all that Greek Life has to offer.
Purdue has one of the largest Greek systems in the country, with more than 6,000 undergraduate students involved in Greek life. Many of Purdue’s most influential and famous alumni were involved in Greek life while at Purdue, including Neil Armstrong, Orville Redenbacher and Drew Brees.
Pi Kappa Phi at Purdue was established on campus in 1922. Since then we have initiated more than 2,000 members and been influential in many campus events. Since 2008, Pi Kapps has been named the top fraternity at Purdue 9 times (RB Stewart Award), been named a top chapter of Pi Kappa Phi in the nation four times (Founders Award) and won countless intramural titles. And it was named one of the top 5 chapters in the nation (out of 6,000+ chapters) in 2019 when it received the Award of Distinction from the North American Interfraternity Conference.
Each semester, the Interfraternity Council (the governing body for fraternities) hosts a “Meet the Greeks” event on campus. In the fall semester, it’s typically held outdoors either on the Memorial Mall or the lawn north of the Krach Leadership Center. In the spring, it’s typically held in one of the ballrooms of the Purdue Memorial Union.
Afterwards, individual chapters host recruitment events (also known as “rush functions”) at their fraternity houses. While there, you should meet as many of the brothers that you can to learn about them and how the chapter operates.
If you or someone you know are interested in joining the legacy of Pi Kappa Phi, please fill out the form found here.
For specific information about the most current recruitment information, use the recruitment pull down menu and look at the rush calendar.
Rush, aka new member recruitment. This is an opportunity to meet brothers at various chapters. There is no commitment made by you just to visit chapters during rush. It’s an opportunity to learn about the members and the chapters. If you find fraternities you are interesting in potentially joining, you are encouraged to attend as many rush events as possible. The earlier the better.
Bid. This is an invitation to join the chapter. You are welcome to visit as many chapters as you wish and get as many bids as you want. However, once you accept a bid you are committed (it’s not a contract, it’s a commitment).
Legacy. This is when you have a relative who is a member of a specific chapter. Preference is generally given to those who have relatives among the chapter’s membership or alumni rolls. There is no guarantee that a legacy will receive a bid at Pi Kappa Phi.
Induction. This is a formal event at the start of the new member education (aka pledgeship) starts where each member of the class commits to seeking to become an initiated member into the chapter.
New Member Orientation/Pledging. After accepting a bid, there will be a formal ceremony welcoming you into the new member education plan. New Member education programs can be 2 to 30 weeks long, depending on the chapter. The most common timeframe is completion in the same semester as you start.
Initiation. This is a formal ceremony inducting you into a chapter. It occurs upon your successful completion of the new member education process. If you so choose, you typically can relinquish your bid (quit) to a chapter up to initiation time. It’s during the initiation ceremony that you typically learn the secret meaning of the chapter. At Pi Kappa Phi, initiation occurs after the start of the semester following induction. Our initiation order is determined by the prior semester GPA (reinforcing the chapter’s commitment to academic achievement).