Greek life is important for a lot of things, such as building real friendships that last, and forging community bonds. With that said, for many people it’s a huge part of being an undergraduate. However, what if you didn’t go to college, or didn’t rush when you were there? You still can!
While it can be tricky to officially join a fraternity without going to college (or a sorority), it’s completely possible to make yourself a de facto member – up to attending all the parties and events and even, sometimes, living in the frat’s house if you want!
Fraternities are nothing more than collections of people. Sure, most of these people go to college, and popular topics might include whining about that impossible problem set for Chem 101. However, even if you do not attend school, and can’t relate to class discussions, there’s no reason why you can’t connect with them on every other level.
In addition, if you already graduated, many frat chapters allow graduates to join by invitation. The tricky part, of course, is getting an invitation. There are several strategies to confront this, but it all centers on displaying your interest in the fraternity’s ongoing activities.
How to join a fraternity without going to college?
It’s hard to say how long it will take, but by doing all the below, you’ll keep yourself in the frat leaders’ minds as a promising candidate to carry on the chapter’s legacy.
- Look up any social events the graduate chapter is holding, and attend them.
- Get to know other people in the frat. (Yes, by name!)
- Make your wish to join clear. (But don’t stoop so low as to ask for an invitation!)
Even if you don’t attend or never attended uni, you can interact with other members fairly freely. You can go to a lot of the social events and parties, where you’ll meet people. With luck, you can “rush”, even.
Just make sure that the chapter’s leaders are aware of your non-student status. You don’t want to be tricking anyone! But, with luck, they won’t care, and they may even let you live at the frat house (if it’s not university property).
Greek life is a huge part of uni, but it can be a part of your life even if university isn’t where you’re currently at. Just be honest and patient, and trust that an idyllic Greek experience awaits!