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FAQ About Phi Sigma Pi
What makes Phi Sigma Pi different from other fraternities on campus?
Phi Sigma Pi is a co-ed fraternity; we welcome people of all genders to join our ranks. Phi Sigma Pi is not just an honor society, nor is it just a social fraternity or sorority. We combine an honor society, service organization, and social fraternity together. Unlike most other professional fraternities, our Brothers come from a variety of academic backgrounds and majors. We believe that diversity truly enriches your college experience, and we pride ourselves on our ability to bring that experience to our members.
What if I already belong to a fraternity or sorority?
Phi Sigma Pi is an independent professional fraternity, so students have the opportunity to join our fraternity as well as other fraternities and sororities on campus.
Who is eligible to join Phi Sigma Pi?
All UC Davis undergraduate students with a UC Davis GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to rush. We recruit all colleges and all majors. Read more about eligibility under the 'Rush FAQ.'
FAQ About Rush
What is Rush?
Rush is the recruitment process for us to meet and get to know students who are interested in becoming members. The Rush process occurs during the first two weeks of the quarter, and includes info nights and other fun events. Rushees can attend to get to know the Brothers and the fraternity. There is also a professional interview at the end of Rush week that is required to be considered for a bid (an invitation to become an initiate of Phi Sigma Pi). Bids are delivered at the end of Rush.
Does rushing cost anything?
Not at all! Rush events are absolutely free and cost you nothing except your time, so come join us for free food and good conversation!
Do I have to attend all of the Rush events?
Attendance at Rush events is not mandatory, although it is strongly recommended to attend as many Rush events as possible; if you're going to miss an event we highly suggest you email our Recruitment Advisor at email@example.com to let us know that you are still interested. Rush is a time for you to meet the Brothers and for the Brothers to get to know you. The more Brothers you talk to, the easier it will be for us to gauge your potential fit for the fraternity. However, other obligations will not be held against you. If you absolutely cannot make it to any Rush events, but would still like an opportunity to interview, please email our Recruitment Advisor and we can work out an arrangement with you.
I am a transfer student. Can I rush?
Yes. Anyone who has completed at least one quarter of collegiate-level work at any other undergraduate institution and has a GPA of at least 3.0 can still rush, even if it is their first quarter attending UC Davis.
I am a freshman. Can I rush?
Yes you can! But we do require a college GPA to become a brother. For first years we will request more information from you and consider your case more carefully because we want you to be able to have a GPA that is at least 3.0 by the end of your first quarter.
Can I rush more than once?
Of course! Rushing multiple times shows us that you are committed and interested. We encourage all interested students to rush.
What if I don't receive a bid? Can I rush again?
If you are not offered a bid, we highly encourage you to come back during our next Rush quarter. Coming back lets us know that you are committed to joining. Check out our tips for rushing and keep that GPA up!
FAQ About Initiation
What is Initiation?
If you are offered a bid and choose to accept it, you will then become an Initiate and take part of the Initiation Process. Initiation is a 6-week period where you will have the opportunity to explore the three legs of our tripod and the operations of the chapter before becoming a Brother. Initiation is a learning period as well a chance for both the Initiates and the Brothers to assess whether or not Phi Sigma Pi is for them.
Do you haze?
Absolutely not. Phi Sigma Pi has a strict zero-tolerance policy on hazing. We do not believe that hazing Initiates will foster strong brotherhood within the fraternity.
Will initiation negatively affect my grades?
As an honor fraternity, we greatly value academic excellence in our Brothers and Initiates. While Initiation may be challenging, the program is designed to help Initiates succeed by developing impeccable study habits, time management skills, and professional skills that are important for any career field or study. Through the Initiation program, we encourage Initiates to grow into great scholars and professionals in the workforce after college.
Tips For Rushing
Do you have any tips for rushing?
In order for us to evaluate whether you are a good fit for the fraternity (and vice versa), we encourage you to attend all events that you can, and talk to as many Brothers as possible, so that we can get to know you better. It is also advisable to check your resume for errors and practicing your interviewing skills. Successful Rushees show interest in and knowledge regarding the fraternity's values, and demonstrate strong potential and fit. However, the most important thing to keep in mind is to be yourself and don't forget to have fun!
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