A fraternity is a group of men working together toward common goals and issues. Fraternities strive to develop their members’ talents and skills to develop their university experience and prepare them for life after graduation. Each chapter at NIU is unique in its offerings, membership, goals and history.
Rush is a term used to refer to the experience of new members joining a fraternity. The period can last a few weeks, or an entire semester. During this time the fraternity will educate the potential member using their new member education program.
Each fraternity's rush process is different, but all offer the opportunity to get to know the men of the chapter first before offering a bid to join them.
Potential new members will receive a bid or invitation to join a fraternity. Bids are extended to potential new members after a fraternity has gotten to know him and they feel he is a good fit for the chapter. Potential new members are encouraged to meet with as many chapters and members as they wish before accepting a bid.
A rushee may receive more than one bid from different fraternities, but can only accept one.
No. Hazing is a form of abuse and any fraternity found to be committing hazing at Northern Illinois University will be suspended. Joining a fraternity is a fun, life changing process that should be positive for both the chapter and the new member. Hazing has no part of this experience and a new member should not feel any pressure or abuse to become part of the group.
The cost of a fraternity varies by chapter. Each fraternity typically has a new member dues rate as well as a member rate. Be sure to ask the rush chair of each fraternity you visit to discover their dues structure as well as cost of housing if it might be of interest to you.