How Recruitment Works

This webpage will walk you though the process of recruitment and answer many common questions about joining a Greek organization at WSU.


Academic Requirements

Recruitment at Washington State University is directed and regulated by the Interfraternity Council (IFC). Potential new members (commonly referred to as PNM's) may join a fraternity so long as they are either a part-time or full-time student enrolled at WSU.


Fraternal organizations at WSU typically require a minimum grade point average for men to join as a new member. On average, most fraternities require a 2.9 GPA from high school. In the past, the IFC has mandated that any student interested in joining a fraternity must have a minimum GPA of 2.9. However, as of August 2018 the IFC has elected to drop its GPA requirement in an effort increase inclusivity.


Beta Theta Pi holds itself to higher standards than most other fraternities and GPA is no exception. When considering prospective new members for membership, we generally look for candidates that have a 3.2 GPA or higher and a well-rounded resume. On average, our incoming potential new members have above a 3.4 GPA.

Required Registration

WSU Interfraternity Council requires all potential new members to register via its online registration system (Campus Director) in order to participate in either summer recruitment or fall recruitment. You only need to register one time to participate in both informal summer recruitment and formal fall recruitment (previously known as "rush"). All students must be registered in order to receive a bid and participate in recruitment events.


WSU Interfraternity Council registration dates, costs, and details are subject to change from year to year. For the most up-to-date information on registration, please follow the below link:
ACCESS WSU'S REGISTRATION PAGE

Types of Recruitment

Men's recruitment takes place throughout the year and can be categorized into three types of recruitment:


1.) SUMMER RECRUITMENT: Summer recruitment - also known as informal recruitment - takes place between June and mid July. Beta Theta Pi always aims to recruit the majority of its fall pledge class during the summer recruitment period. This strategy enables us to get to know potential new members on a more personalized basis and vice versa. All individuals interested in summer recruitment must register with the WSU IFC to participate in recruitment events and must be offered and accept a bid through Campus Director by WSU's summer deadline (generally around August 1st).


If you are intending to live in Beta's university approved chapter house in Fall 2019, then you must accept a bid and cancel your WSU housing contract no later than July 13th, 2019. Once July 13th has passed, WSU forces students to either live in a resident hall or pay a hefty cancellation fee. Please note that Washington State University also limits each fraternity on the number of freshman they can house throughout the year. Therefore, the opportunity to live in our chapter house is available on a first come first served basis.


2.) FALL RECRUITMENT: Fall recruitment - also known as "formal recruitment" or "rush" - takes place at the beginning of the fall semester. Fall recruitment is a week-long event, which is hosted by the Interfraternity Council and is open to all WSU men who register prior to the WSU IFC deadline. Those living in the residence halls that are participating in fall recruitment should check with the WSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life regarding this year's move-in policies. Formal recruitment will include all necessary programming for WSU's Week of Welcome and will not interfere with classes. This recruitment process involves a mutual selection process from the chapters and the student.


3.) ON-GOING RECRUITMENT: Beta Theta Pi continues to host recruitment events throughout the fall and spring semesters (known as 365-Recruitment). Students interested in learning more about Beta should contact our Recruitment Chairs directly to schedule a time to visit our chapter and meet our membership.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bid?

What is a "bid"?

This is an important part of the fraternity vocabulary. The short answer is a "bid" is an invitation to join a fraternity. Traditionally, the term bid is most often used to describe a piece of paper from the chapter that formally invites a man to join the organization. At WSU, all bids for summer and fall recruitment will be offered and must be accepted through WSU's online Campus Director system.

What is value-based recruitment?

What is value-based recruitment?

The Gamma Theta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi recruits potential new members based on their fit with our organization's five core values. This is known as value-based recruiting. This strategy involves evaluating the level of congruence with a potential new member's personal values and the values of our fraternity.

Will I be hazed?

Will I be hazed?

Beta Theta Pi has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing. You should never participate in any activity that you feel uncomfortable with. If you are ever in doubt, please click here to contact a member of the chapter's Alumni Advisory Team or dial 844-WSUBETA to confidentially speak with the Chapter Counselor.

How will my grades be effected?

How will my grades be effected?

Ideally, your grads should shoot way up! Academics are always our first priority, as Intellectual Growth is one of our core values. Betas are devoted to continually cultivating their minds, including high standards of academic achievement. The fraternity also offers support in time management, tutoring, study enhancement and incentives, and class assistance. We provide our members with many tools to be successful and have high academic expectations for every member.

What will I get out of my fraternity experience?

What will I get out of my fraternity experience?

You will be amazed at what you will get out of your Beta experience. Joining our fraternity rounds out the college experience. A few of the countless perks of joining Beta Theta Pi include: lifelong friends, leadership opportunities, social and sports activities, academic support and excellence, and invaluable networking opportunities.

Am I required to live in the chapter house?

Am I required to live in the chapter house?

Yes. Every member lives in the chapter house for a minimum of two years (4 semesters). Living at the chapter house is a great privilege and is where some of your best college memories will be made!

Is Beta Theta Pi's chapter house considered University Approved Housing?

Is Beta Theta Pi's chapter house considered University Approved Housing?

Yes! Our chapter house is considered University Approved Housing. We go to great lengths each year to ensure that we remain in compliance with Washington State University's strict housing requirements. As a result, we are one of only a handful of fraternities at WSU approved to house freshman students.

Will I be able to live in the chapter house as a freshman?

Will I be able to live in the chapter house as a freshman?

The short answer is maybe. Every year, Beta Theta Pi chooses to participate in a lengthy University Approved Housing (UAH) application process that is mandated by WSU in order to be approved to house freshmen. Only a handful of fraternities actually apply for this status due to its stringent requirements. Beta Theta Pi is among a select number of fraternities that maintains its University Approved Housing status year after year.


Even though Beta Theta Pi is considered University Approved Housing, Washington State University has recently enacted new administrative policies that make it very difficult for Greek organizations to house incoming freshman. This is part of WSU's efforts to generate higher revenues by forcing freshman to live in resident halls. As a result, the university now dictates to UAH fraternity's how many freshman they are allowed to house throughout the year. For example, this year WSU has limited Beta Theta Pi to only house 15 freshman throughout the academic year.


Furthermore, incoming freshman are only allowed to live in the chapter house during the fall semester if they cancel their WSU resident hall contracts before the July 13th deadline. Otherwise, freshman are required to live in the resident halls throughout the fall semester. Towards the end of Fall semester, students can then break their WSU housing contracts and move into the chapter house pending available occupancy.


Beta Theta Pi is a strong proponent of freshman living in the chapter house, as this practice truly enriches the college experience. In addition, freshman who live in the chapter house during their freshman year tend to perform better academically and develop a stronger support system. If you are interested in living in Beta's chapter house during your freshman year, then please contact a recruitment chair for instructions as space is filled on a first come first served basis.