Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join a fraternity?
Your first step to joining a fraternity is participating in the rush activities we offer at the beginning of each academic semester. These usually begin the second week of school and run for two weeks. Rush schedules will be distributed prior around campus and will also be shared via social media.
What is rush and what do I have to do?
Formal recruitment is the time where non-affiliated guys visit fraternities to see if they are interested in "pledging" or becoming a fraternity member at the beginning of the term. Even if you aren't interested in joining a fraternity, recruitment is a great way to meet people on campus. During rush non-affiliates meet members of our fraternity, just as our members meet those interested in joining our organization. When you go through rush, do not hesitate to ask tough questions. Research the chapters you may be interested in -- just because a friend of yours is interested in one chapter does not mean that chapter will be right for you. Ask each fraternity about hazing, academics/required GPA, social and philanthropic activities, campus involvement, intramurals, and national fraternity/alumni activities. Most of all, have fun and be yourself.
What is a bid?
A bid is an invitation from a fraternity to become a probationary member.
How do I get a bid?
Bids are commonly given to men who show interest in joining our chapter after learning about us, and who we think would be good candidates for our chapter. If you know that you want to join, don't hesitate to let the Recruitment Chairs know.
How does Sigma Nu differ from the other fraternities?
At UNC Asheville, Sigma Nu provides an experience different from that of all other fraternities. Sigma Nu is not for everyone; and we are proud of this. We look for men who desire to do their absolute best in everything they do. Our primary goal is to not only to make you academically successful throughout your college experience, but also to make you a well-rounded gentleman of society and an ethical leader. Through Chapter programming such as our award-winning LEAD program and our structured new-member development program, we are confident we can make the difference in your college career.
What are the advantages of joining Sigma Nu?
Sigma Nu is one of the largest fraternities in the world. Once initiated, you are joining a brotherhood of over 219,000 men. Upon joining our chapter, you are entering a brotherhood of fraternity men to help you through your college experience. We are a non-hazing fraternity with a structured membership program, giving you the tools not only to be successful in college, but for the rest of your life.
A lot of Fraternities claim they don't haze, how will I know who is telling the truth?
Sigma Nu is the only Fraternity in the world founded on non-hazing principles. The strength of a Fraternity's brotherhood is the true test of whether or not hazing takes place within that Fraternity. Trust us when we tell you that a truly strong brotherhood flourishes in the absence of hazing, our history proves it.
What exactly does the Candidate program consist of?
It consists of weekly meetings of all the candidates, and often a large number of active members, in which the candidates learn about the history and ideals of Sigma Nu. Every candidate is asked to sit down at least once during the semester and speak with each brother for a short time. To acquaint each candidate with the mechanics of running the fraternity, once you become a candidate, you elect each other into offices with varying sets of responsibility. These offices act as a smaller version of the larger chapter and the candidate class is tasked with everything from planning a social, to organizing a philanthropy.
I want to know more about L.E.A.D, and is the program only for Candidates?
LEAD is a four-year leadership and development program for Sigma Nu collegians. After the development stages, Active Brothers are encouraged to continue to participate in the later stages of L.E.A.D. It began in 1989 with an investment of more than $10 million. The purpose of LEAD is to develop ethical leaders, transformational leaders who will make an impact on their chapter, leaders who will promote social change in their campus and community. LEAD sessions utilize exercises, simulations, case studies and discussion to highlight leadership issues that students currently face in their chapters. Each phase within the four-phase program corresponds with academic year and includes its own curriculum. Sessions are interactive and allow participants to learn by doing.
What are the details of your chapter's academic program?
Academics are a primary focus of our Fraternity. Our academic program begins during your first semester. Our new members (Candidates) have monitored study hours per week, participate in our mentoring program, and must achieve over a designated grade point average in order to get initiated. Once initiated, active members must participate in study hours which increase if their grade point average drops below designated GPA standards.
What will my responsibility to the fraternity be?
All members of our chapter are required to complete the phase of our membership development program (LEAD) corresponding with their academic year. New members (Candidates) are required to complete five monitored study hours per week, fulfill their duties, attend weekly meetings with the pledgucator (Candidate Marshal) as well as weekly whole chapter meetings, and participate with the rest of the chapter in events we host. Overall, we at Sigma Nu truly believe that "there is no just getting by." Just as with academics, you will get out what you put into this great Fraternity.
How involved in campus organizations are members of your fraternity?
Every new member is encouraged to join at least one campus organization. Members of Sigma Nu are involved in everything from being RAs and OLs, SGA (Student Government Association) members, Model UN delegates, Bulldog Nation reps, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and SAA (Student Alumni Association) members just to name a few. Many members choose to involve themselves in more than one organization, especially in leadership roles. Sigma Nu is about developing ethical and involved leaders in all facets of life, not only within the fraternity.
How involved are your members in intramural sports?
Sigma Nu takes advantage of all intramural activities. If our members aren't participating in sports they are on the sidelines cheering on our brothers. We find success on the courts and fields of all the intramural sports we participate in. Athleticism is encouraged in our chapter.
My parents don't like fraternities, what should I do?
Many parents have falsely stereotyped fraternities because of the media's portrayal of the Greek system. To fight these stereotypes, encourage your parents to research the purpose of fraternities, specifically Sigma Nu, or to visit the campus, meet members of the brotherhood, talk to local alumni, and visit our web site. It is important to understand that Sigma Nu was established to develop young men as leaders and well-rounded students. It also doesn't hurt to tell them about our founding in opposition to hazing. We also encourage you to come out for Rush and recruitment events; that way you too can explain to your parents the benefits of Greek organizations.
What if I don't like it?
We realize that life within the fraternity is not suitable for everyone. Preferably, ask about concerns you may have during rush so that they can be addressed.