What is Rush (Recruitment)?
During the recruitment period (two weeks in the Fall), all the fraternities in the Interfraternity Council host various nightly events at which you will be able to get to know the brothers of each fraternity. Rush events are open to all UCI male undergraduates, and you are able to come and go to any of the events. Throughout the recruitment period, chapters give out bids to prospective members, which can be accepted during the recruitment period.
We encourage you to rush as many chapters as you can – you never know where you might find a chapter whose brothers you can call lifelong friends for the next 4 years of college and beyond.
Greek life is a rare once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can only get in college. Joining a fraternity in your college days opens doors to many things (from lasting memories and lifelong friendships to careers), fosters positive personal growth, and allows you to receive new experiences that are not possible without joining and were not available in high school. Fraternity men are proven to be successful in the classroom, in their communities, and especially in the post-college world. Here are some quick facts from the North-American Interfraternity Conference that summarize the impact of fraternity men in the world:
- 40 of the last 47 Supreme Court Justices have been Greek.
- 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity or sorority.
- 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
- All but two US Presidents and Vice Presidents since 1825 have been affiliated with Greek organizations.
- Of the past fifteen presidents, twelve of them are members of a college fraternity.
- All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek.
- 85% of the Fortune 500 executives are members of fraternities or sororities
- 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” are Greek.
- Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
- More than 7 million men and women in the U.S. and Canada are Greek.
- Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
- A University of Missouri study found that Greeks throughout the U.S. and Canada are more involved on their campuses and rate their overall university experience better than their non-Greek counterparts.
- A U.S. Government study showed that 71% of Greek students graduate, while just over 50% of their non-Greek counterparts do so.
- In the past ten years, more than 100 colleges and universities have opened their doors for the first time to fraternities.
- Over $7 million is raised every year by Greeks nationally
- Greeks form the largest network of volunteers in the U.S. Nationally, Greeks volunteer approximately 10 million hours of community service annually.
- Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity/sorority dues.
- Greek Members have been found to be more successful financially as well as give more to their alma maters.
- Students that are Greek are also more likely to participate in more extra curricular activities than those students who are not Greek.
Why Phi Gamma Delta?
Not For College Days Alone. In addition to being a smaller chapter at not much more than 50 brothers, we are proud to call brothers who graduate not “alumni”, but rather “graduate brothers”. Our brotherhood extends far past graduation, and many of our brothers graduate to go on and continue being valuable assets to our undergraduate chapter. At FIJI, you will find a support system that will help you throughout your college years and beyond, a group of friends that always down to do something, and a brotherhood that you can always count on at any time.
On top of year round networking opportunities, our biggest networking opportunity is our annual Orange County Pig Dinner, hosted jointly with the Lambda Beta FIJI chapter at CSULB. Last year, we had over 250 brothers in attendance. This included graduate brothers (from classes as recent as last year to as old as our chapters themselves) from all over Southern California.
3. On Campus Chapter House.
We are one of five fraternities on campus who have a house on campus at Arroyo Vista. The house has been the center of our presence here on campus for more than three decades and all our brothers, not just the house residents, can call this place home.
4. Social Calendar.
Between sorority serenades, socials, venue parties, BBQs, and formals, our social calendar makes for a great college experience. Our most recent annual Black Diamond formal was hosted in Las Vegas, NV at the Palms, and culminated with a beautiful ballroom banquet and a penthouse rager. We also host our annual Frightfest venue party during the Halloween season. In addition to all these planned events, there is always something happening on any given night, you will never be bored.
There is ample opportunity for leadership experience with the fraternity. Our executive members travel out of state to attend an annual leadership academy program and last year stayed in a hotel with 600+ other FIJI brothers and graduate brothers, which included successful business owners and CEOs.
We stress scholarship in everything that we do. We have a minimum GPA requirement and a $250 scholarship for any pledge who achieves a 3.2 GPA or higher. We recently received the honor of being the chapter with the second highest GPA on campus.
7. History at UC Irvine.
We are the longest standing fraternity at UC Irvine, meaning that while others have came and left, we have been here and going strong for the past 30 years. Fun Fact: Dan Aldrich (UCI’s founding chancellor and who Aldrich park is named after) pledged our Irvine chapter during his time here at the age of 72.
We hold an annual week-long philanthropy called FIJI Lifeguard in which we raise both awareness and money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We also regularly participate in off-campus community service events such as soup kitchens and beach cleanups.
9. We are a FRATERNITY, not just a “frat”.
Contrary to how frats are portrayed on television and other media, Greek life at UC Irvine does more than just party. At FIJI, we do community service events, we have a vibrant social calendar, we emphasize scholarship, and most importantly, we are a brotherhood that focuses on making each other better men.
10. We do NOT haze.
We do not believe in hazing. Undignified and humiliating acts do nothing to make you a good brother. Our pledge education process focuses on educating our pledges about the fraternity, bonding with pledge brothers, and integration with the chapter.
How Do I Join?
Come to the rush events and talk to the brothers. Stay tuned for our rush event schedules.