Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Rush?
Rush is a series of events planned by the active chapter for prospective members to learn about our fraternity and for our brothers to meet potential future members. Rush take place two times a year, generally during Week 2 of Fall and Spring quarter. By attending these events, you can see if AKPsi is a good fit for you.
As one of the two business fraternities on campus, AKPsi offers much more than professional development. Looking at our five core values, we strive to meet the balance between both professional and social development. Our brothers are highly accomplished students who are motivated to do more, to achieve more. Our alumni go on to rewarding and exciting careers by utilizing the resources that AKPsi provides to help individuals reach their full potential. We also recognize that business talent comes from all majors, and our openness to students of all different backgrounds and majors is one of our greatest strengths. We invite you to learn more about us and we look forward to meeting you.
What are the qualifications to join AKPsi?
- Must be an undergraduate student enrolled in the Leavey School of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, or School of Engineering at Santa Clara University
- Minimum 2.0 GPA
If AKPsi is a fraternity, why is it co-ed?
Alpha Kappa Psi was founded as an all male fraternity in 1904, with one of their biggest objectives being to help set up business schools at universities. The Federal Government was more than happy to provide financial assistance to AKPsi’s mission. In 1976, with the passage of the Equal Rights in Education Act, AKPsi welcomed strong, business-minded women into the fraternity.
Do you have to attend all Rush events in order to qualify for membership?
While it is not a requirement to attend all events, we highly recommend prospective members to attend as many events as possible. Please send all questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to attend an event for any reason, please feel free to email us. It is difficult to thoroughly know each prospective member given the large number of applicants, so every moment in which we interact with you helps to make for a much more accurate decision process. Quality time leads to quality decisions that result in quality members.
Who does AKPsi look for?
There is no specific type of person that AKPsi looks for, because we recognize that each individual has different strengths. However, our expectations are no different than those from any professional organization- we expect prospective members to be bright and motivated individuals who work well with others. Every individual that is given a bid earns it based on individual merits, and we look for potential just as much as present qualities.
What is a "bid?"
A bid is an invitation to participate in the pledge process in preparation to joining our fraternity.
How do I receive a bid?
To receive a bid, the vast majority of the active brothers must vote favorably for your admittance to become a pledge. In order to have our members vote favorably on your behalf, it is important that they have had the opportunity to meet and get to know you. It is therefore recommended to attend as many Rush events as possible.
If I don't receive a bid, can I rush again?
Rushing multiple times is allowed and even encouraged if one is dedicated to joining AKPsi. We understand that there are several factors to be considered, so there is absolutely no penalty for coming another time. In fact, many members in AKPsi have rushed more than once.
What is a "pledge?"
A pledge is person who has accepted their bid and undergone a ritual conducted by the fraternity. It is a promise made by the individual to strive to become a full member of the Brotherhood.
Is there a pledge period?
Yes, if the individual is extended a bid and chooses to accept, he/she, along with their pledge class, will have to complete a series of events and tasks that are designed to foster a better understanding of the fraternity, brotherhood, and professional development. Our pledge process is a six-week course designed to challenge and test individuals, pushing them toward their full potential. Some tasks expected to be completed include hosting a professional, service, and social event. Pledges will meet a fundraising goal and learn about the history of Alpha Kappa Psi as well as the Psi Omega chapter. There will be opportunities to meet and bond with fellow pledge brothers as well as the active brothers of the fraternity.
Does AKPsi haze during the pledge process?
No, Alpha Kappa Psi has strict polices against hazing. All pledge and active brother events are designed to build teamwork, trust, professional development, creativity, and brotherhood.