Rush Frequently Asked Questions

What is rush?

Rush is a period of time at the beginning of every semester where organizations (fraternities, sororities, and co-ed fraternities) try to recruit members. If you choose to participate, you become a rushee. There are no commitments or promises made during rush, so don't worry about feeling any kind of obligations. During this time, we hold a mix of events where we try to give you a bigger picture of who we are, what we do, and what each sister within Kappa Phi Lambda is like.  It's also a time where we have the chance to try to get to know YOU better.  Come out, be yourself, and have some fun!

Do I have to be Asian to join?
You do NOT have to be Asian. We are Asian-interest, NOT Asian-exclusive. We have many different nationalities represented within Kappa Phi Lambda, and as a cultural sorority we encourage diversity and the last thing we would do is discriminate. We tend to look for individuals that are active and try to get involved in both the campus and local community, although this is not a requirement to rush or receive a bid. 

What is a bid? How do I get one?
After the end of rush week, we give out bids, which is our invitation to you to pledge for our sorority.  Rushees who choose to go for the bid must go through a mandatory interview/Q&A session where we continue to try and get to know who you are.  There is also a rush application, which includes questions regarding basic information and feedback on the rush events that you attended.  You must go through an interview, fill out the application, and attend a minimum number of rush events to be considered for a bid. If you receive a bid, you have 24 hours to consider it and come back to us and tell us whether or not you'd like to take the next step -- pledging!

What is pledging? I heard it was really hard!
Shortly after accepting your bid, you will start your journey towards sisterhood through the pledging process. There are no specific guidelines on how long it will be, or how hard, but the point of pledging is to challenge you and teach you more about yourself, your pledge sisters, and the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda. Pledging is difficult. There's no nice way to say that. It's also a BIG time commitment, and one not to be taken lightly. But if you work hard for something, you'll appreciate it that much better when you do earn it, and it's the exact same way for pledging. If you don't try your hardest, then the sisterhood won't be meaningful and you won't really have the closeness with your sisters that you would without the effort.

How do I know if a sorority is right for me?
There's no one RIGHT reason to join a sorority, but there are a lot of benefits. However, there are a lot of WRONG reasons to join. Some of them being: "because I want to meet people," "because I think fraternity guys are hot!" "Because I want to party!" "Because I miss my friends from back home," "Because the sisters seemed SOOO nice!" Now that last one's a tricky one. During rush, every organization is going to put on its best face to encourage people to rush for them. It's going to be really hard for you to tell if they're being genuine, or if it's a front that they put up so that you'll join. The best bet is: if you find that the values of the organization coincide with your own, and that they organize events that you'd like to be a part of, or help organize, then it's probably a good fit for you.


webmaster: katyl (at)


Kappa House:

Jenny Kim - jennyk@andrew

Rush Chairs:
Marina Lau: marinal@andrew

The sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda would like to emphasize that we are an Asian-INTEREST sorority, NOT Asian-exclusive, and encourage women of ALL ethnicities who believe in our mission to join.