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.