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Old 09-02-2009, 02:10 PM
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How hard is it to get into a frat.

I am a freshman and Rush starts in a couple of weeks. Im a little worried because I am not the type that is 100% outgoing. Im not a weird shy kid who doesnt say anything and once I get to know people I am actually really talkative, but I am just a tad bit reserved when it comes to meeting new people. Is this going to have a major impact on my chances? Is it hard to get into a frat or do most people get in(what % of people get in)? Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:20 PM
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42.435% of rushees get in.

Seriously, though, there's no way that we can tell you what your chances are. We don't know you, your campus, or the organizations that are on campus.

There are many different types of people in many different fraternities, though. This includes the "quiet" types.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:06 PM
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It is 0% if you don't give it a shot.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:27 PM
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This is an insane question because it can vary. Some fraternities if they are struggling will literally "blanket bid", meaning they will give a bid to anybody who stops by. Some fraternities are so selective that they have 95% of their pledge class together before school even starts from summer rush and dirty rushing.

As for being shy, work to fix that! That will be an issue with some fraternities because outgoing kids have a much higher advantage and sometimes you could pale in comparison with a talkative kid. But I find that when people act defeated, telling themselves that "I'm shy, can't do anything about it", they are going to stay the same. Force yourself to talk more, it would be scary at first obviously but after enough forcing it will probably come naturally.

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Old 09-02-2009, 05:35 PM
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Unfortunately, rushing a fraternity will require some social skills. Why wouldn't you want to put yourself out there, anyway? If you put aside your nerves and hang in there with the conversations and show those guys who you really are, you will have a better experience.
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:34 PM
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Unfortunately, rushing a fraternity will require some social skills.
Being "a tad bit reserved when it comes to meeting new people" and not being "100% outgoing" =/= lacking social skills.

Laminator, as others have said, no one can tell you your chances. We can tell you go, be youself, put your best (and most confident) foot forward and see what happens.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:29 PM
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Being "a tad bit reserved when it comes to meeting new people" and not being "100% outgoing" =/= lacking social skills.

Laminator, as others have said, no one can tell you your chances. We can tell you go, be youself, put your best (and most confident) foot forward and see what happens.

I understand what he means about being reserved. What I mean to say is that you can't worry about how reserved you may be around people when you are trying to make a good impression. It may be hard to break, but after a while, meeting new people is not so intimidating. Rush is a great opportunity to break out of your shell.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:01 PM
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I would like to give kudos to GreekChat for not going ballistic on the kid for saying "frat" instead of fraternity.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:11 PM
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When I asked for a % I kind of meant a more general answer like 25% 50%. Let me rephrase it, do most people who rush get at least one bid or is it a small chance to receive a bid. I know that it depends on the type of person you are but Im talking about the entire rush population as a whole. Also do GPAs have any significance in the rushing process because I have a 4.0 (just curious). Thanks again guys.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:21 PM
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I understand what he means about being reserved. What I mean to say is that you can't worry about how reserved you may be around people when you are trying to make a good impression. It may be hard to break, but after a while, meeting new people is not so intimidating. Rush is a great opportunity to break out of your shell.
Right, and I agree. I just wouldn't call that "lacking in social skills," that's all.

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I would like to give kudos to GreekChat for not going ballistic on the kid for saying "frat" instead of fraternity.
I've been holding my breath.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:14 PM
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When I asked for a % I kind of meant a more general answer like 25% 50%. Let me rephrase it, do most people who rush get at least one bid or is it a small chance to receive a bid. I know that it depends on the type of person you are but Im talking about the entire rush population as a whole. Also do GPAs have any significance in the rushing process because I have a 4.0 (just curious). Thanks again guys.
Let me reiterate...

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There's no way that we can tell you what your chances are. We don't know you, your campus, or the organizations that are on campus.
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I've been holding my breath.
Hopefully, a "country" reference makes its way in...
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:07 PM
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When I asked for a % I kind of meant a more general answer like 25% 50%. Let me rephrase it, do most people who rush get at least one bid or is it a small chance to receive a bid. I know that it depends on the type of person you are but Im talking about the entire rush population as a whole. Also do GPAs have any significance in the rushing process because I have a 4.0 (just curious). Thanks again guys.
This is literally an impossible question. Just go rush. It is unbelievably dependent on campus culture and even then on EACH individual fraternity on your campus.

The way to best maximize your chance is to be honest with your personality and the chapter personalities. We've all seen that guy that is dead set on pledging the "jock" fraternity but has never played a day of sports in his life. He has no shot of getting a bid at that chapter, but if he had been honest with himself he might have found a chapter that fits his personality better.

Lastly, I know at my school GPA had absolutely no significance in fraternity rush (sorority rush is a different ballgame). I doubt they knew the GPAs of a single kid they pledged. I also do not think a high GPA would make them reconsider a kid who they had written off. If there is a colony however, and national representatives are picking the pledges, GPA would probably matter.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:42 PM
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Hopefully, a "country" reference makes its way in...
Never call a fraternity a frat. Would you call your country . . .

Sorry, had to do it.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:22 AM
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When I asked for a % I kind of meant a more general answer like 25% 50%. Let me rephrase it, do most people who rush get at least one bid or is it a small chance to receive a bid. I know that it depends on the type of person you are but Im talking about the entire rush population as a whole. Also do GPAs have any significance in the rushing process because I have a 4.0 (just curious). Thanks again guys.
Again ... your chances of receiving a bid are ZERO if you do not participate in recruitment.

As everyone else has said, it really depends on so many factors (school, Greek climate, grades, service, personality, etc.) that it is impossible for anyone to give you an average percentage of PNMs that obtain bids. Organizations and chapters vary from campus to campus and unless you personally give recruitment a shot on your particular campus with the organizations recognized there, you will never know what your personal chances are. Some organizations or chapters may weigh grades more heavily than others but until you get to know the Greek population on your specific campus in more detail (usually by attending recruitment events) no one here will be able to give you an answer.

Sorry if this is a bit mean but seriously, stop hiding behind the statistics you are hoping to acquire and meet some Greeks to determine if joining a fraternity is right for you. If the thought of putting yourself out there as an interested PNM is too scary, contact the Greek Life office on your particular campus and ask for their specific placement percentage (if it is something that they even track). Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:40 PM
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I would like to give kudos to GreekChat for not going ballistic on the kid for saying "frat" instead of fraternity.
I second this! Good job, everybody!
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