The Rush Process

Letter from the Rush Team

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website to learn more about Alpha Kappa Psi’s Rush process here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! As one of the nation's premier business organizations, we aspire to further the personal, academic, and professional growth of our members while positively impacting our community. The Rush process allows us to draw talented and ambitious students into a dynamic learning environment that fosters valuable skills and relationship building.

Alpha Kappa Psi is the perfect organization for you to Find Your Family and Grow Your Career here on campus. Through involvement in Alpha Kappa Psi, you will develop personal relationships, enhance your business acumen, and network with our corporate sponsors and alumni. Through your experience in Alpha Kappa Psi, you will gain the confidence to effectively navigate your career and succeed in your business endeavors. More importantly, active participation allows you to befriend some of the most unique, motivated, and passionate students on campus. Brotherhood is the core element of our fraternity that differentiates our organization from others on campus. Members have joined our fraternity for a variety of reasons and we encourage you to find your reason by rushing Alpha Kappa Psi this Fall.

As your Fall 2016 Rush Chairs, we encourage you to take the time to learn more about the Epsilon Chapter (UIUC), explore our website, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, as well as attend our Information Night Tuesday, August 30th at 8pm in Lincoln Hall Theater! Feel free to e-mail us with any questions and we look forward to meeting you on campus soon.

Sincerely,

Matt Krzyzaniak, Emi Rosanwo, and Arielle Strauss
rushakpsi.uiuc@gmail.com




Schedule

Information Night will be held on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in Lincoln Hall Theater. Attire will be Business Casual.

First Stage Interview will be held on Monday, September 5th, 2016 in the Illini Union and Tuesday, September 6th in Gregory Hall by appointment. Attire will be Business Casual. It is required that all rushing students come prepared to their interview with three Rushee Info Sheets printed and filled out. Info Sheet

Second Stage Social Night will be held on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Legends
with smart casual attire.

Third Stage Interviews will be held on Friday, Septermber 9th, 2016 by appointment in Gregory Hall and attire is Business Professional.



Rush Video

Alpha Kappa Psi Fall 2016 Rush Video




Alpha Kappa Psi Fall 2016 Teaser Video



Rush FAQ's


What is Rush?
Rush is the process by which students engage in professional and social settings for the purpose of getting to know chapter members as well as for chapter members to get to know potential new Brothers.
 
What can I expect from Rush?
Rush is an opportunity to learn about the many opportunities Alpha Kappa Psi has to offer, and get to know the brothers of our fraternity. There are four different rush events, each with its own focus. For Information Night, the purpose is primarily to provide information on Alpha Kappa Psi and our chapter. At this event, current brothers and alumni will speak about their experiences, and potential new members sign up for a first round interview slot. First round interviews allow our brothers to get to know rushees on a deeper level, and are conversational. Both information night and first round interviews are business casual. If invited back, rushees will then continue with the rush process by attending our social night at the Clybourne, where they will get to know the brotherhood of our chapter. This event is smart casual. The final rush event focuses on professional development and consists of a mandatory interview, similar to that of a job interview, and is business professional.
 
Can I still interview if I am unable to attend Information Night?
Yes. If you are unable to attend information night, please contact our rush team as soon as possible at rushakpsi.uiuc@gmail.com to set up an interview time
 
What does Alpha Kappa Psi offer its members for professional development?
Alpha Kappa Psi prides itself on its professionalism. To ensure all members are prepared for the business world, we provide activities like resume critiques, mock interviews, company presentations, business etiquette lessons, golf clinics, networking events, and much more.  A few of our larger events include the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Development Conference which allows our members exclusively to network and receive personalized interview tips, resume critiques, and professional advice from our corporate sponsors. We also host a Commerce Night Out (CNO) which provides our members with a more informal setting to network with business professionals following the Career Fair.
 
What does it mean to dress casual, business casual, and business professional?
Casual dress means attire can be everyday wear; however, be sure to remain presentable. Business casual is neat, crisp, and classic. The basics include khaki or dress pants, and a long-sleeved, buttoned solid shirt or polo for men and a blouse for women. Business professional dress requires both men and women to wear suits.
 
Would I be able to join Alpha Kappa Psi if I am in a social sorority or fraternity?
Yes, Alpha Kappa Psi currently has a healthy mix of members who belong to other Greek organizations and those who do not; however, it is important to realize that Alpha Kappa Psi is a large time commitment, particularly during pledgeship, that cannot be overlooked.
 
If I do not get a bid the first time can I rush again?
We highly encourage everyone to rush again if they do not receive a bid the first time around and truly want to join Alpha Kappa Psi. There is absolutely no penalty for rushing again; in fact, many members in our fraternity have rushed multiple times.
 
What kind of people does Alpha Kappa Psi look for?
We expect prospective members to be highly motivated, committed, and passionate. We look for an individual's potential to grow as much as we look at their present qualities.
 
What are the formal requirements for joining Alpha Kappa Psi?
All members are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA or above, have an interest in business, be eligible to be members for at least 3 semesters, and have completed the rush process.
 
What is Pledging?
When you accept your bid with Alpha Kappa Psi, you will take part in a 12 week long pledge process in which your skills are tested and your weaknesses are refined. During this time, you and your pledge class will take part in projects where you will learn the true meaning of Brotherhood, Professionalism and Teamwork.