The Ultimate Guide to Sorority Rush
Full disclosure: sorority rush is different at every school. But - We're here to tell you what no one else will. We're covering EVERYTHING about sorority recruitment - The good, the bad, and the ugly. Okay, well, maybe not ugly. But you get the point. The worst thing about going into a new situation is not knowing what you're in for. Think - Nerves, anxiety, the works. That's why we wanted to cover both sides:
- The girls who are rushing houses
- The girls who have been in the chapter for a year, and haven't been through rush on the other side yet
Pre-Rush: Sorority Rush Prep
Part 1: What to Expect from Sorority Rush As a FreshmanHi freshmen! Welcome to sorority rush. First, you'll want to sign up for rush at your school. You can usually do this online, or at tabling that I mentioned earlier. Get your sorority recruitment outfits together before rush starts (more details on outfits later in this post). There are 4 or 5 days of rush itself, and then Bid Day. You have to go to all of the sorority houses first before you can narrow it down. A note about the process of rush: It has to be a mutual like between you and the chapter. Unfortunately (for the sorority), if the chapter liked you but you didn't like the chapter, you will not see the chapter name on your card for the next day. And vice versa. The days of rush get more intense as you go - You stay longer at each house and talk to more girls.
Sorority Rush Mapped OutFirst day or two (depending on how big your school is) is Letters Day. This is the day where you go to all houses (sometimes split into two days if there's more chapters at the school). You only have one conversation per house on this day, and sometimes it will be with one or two other rushees. Annoying, I know. But they have to get through A LOT of conversations, so sometimes it's impossible to be one-on-one on this day. You will note down if you liked the house after the visit is over. You do this every day after each house you visit. Expect to be on your feet all day - bring a pair of flip flops to wear in between houses.
Part 2: What to Expect from Sorority Rush as a SisterDuring rush, expect long days. You're on your feet all day, and "on" all day as well. Meaning - You're talking to different girls each hour for some of the days, so it gets really exhausting. Especially if you're not that into the conversation. (We've all been there) If you live in the house, expect to not sleep very well. In fact, if you're on exec or the recruitment committee, you might not be sleeping much at all. I know it sounds very daunting, but this is just because it all happens so fast. It is a very intense week, with very great rewards. As far as your conversations go, bring good conversation topics. You want the potential sisters to fall in love with your house. In fact - You want everyone to want to join your house. So, that means: be nice and friendly, talk about all of the parts you love about your house, and be open. All the stress will be worth it, I promise!
Part 3: The Rush Outfits from Both SidesWhat to Wear When You're Rushing a SororityÂ We wrote a full post about sorority recruitment outfits, so be sure and check that out for the full details! The days get more dressy as you go through rush. Quick recap:
- Letters Day: the most casual day
- Service Day: sundress, romper or jumpsuit, wedges or sandals
- House Tours: Dress and heels
- Pref night: Nice dress with heels
- Letters Day: Each chapter has solid color tank tops with their letters embroidered that they wear each year on this day. We wore these with dark-wash jeans, tan wedges and sunflowers in our hair.
- Service Day: We wore long sleeve blouses in neutral colors with white shorts and camel-colored heels.
- House Tours Day: We wore a solid color skirt and a neural shirt tucked into the skirt, with tan wedges.
- Pref Night: We wore black dresses and black heels.