"From the beginning, AKPsi welcomed me with open arms into an organization of people so genuinely invested in helping me succeed both professionally and personally. Even with the short amount of time we had on campus second semester, it was clear to me that this organization was the missing piece to my first semester of college and because of that, I could not be more grateful for the people and experiences I have had and those I have yet to come."
–Amanda Garcia, Sophomore
Invite Only: Social Night
Wednesday, September 16th
Get to know our members better and in a more casual setting. Dress is Smart
Invite Only: Final Round Interviews
Friday, September 18th
Dress is Business Professional.
Tuesday, September 8th 7:30pm-9:00pm
Sunday, September 13th
Sign up to meet active members in a more personal setting.This is an optional event.
A letter from the Rush Team
Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the Epsilon’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi’s Rush process! As the nation’s premier developer of business leaders, we aspire to further the personal, academic, and professional growth of our members while positively impacting the community around us. The Rush process allows us to meet ambitious, unique, and talented students that can continue to expand our brotherhood.
For the Fall 2020 rush process, our slogan is “Igniting Passions, Fueling Futures.” We believe that the pledge process Alpha Kappa Psi provides, allows for the opportunity to build your personal brand as a young professional and leave campus prepared to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the professional world. As you ignite your passion, you will develop lifelong friendships, network with our corporate sponsors and alumni, and strengthen
your business acumen. All of this will prepare you to fuel your future, as you pursue your career goals with confidence and ease.
More importantly, Alpha Kappa Psi will provide you with a home away from home on campus. Our members are some of the most motivated, diverse, and passionate students at the University of Illinois, and you will find yourself quickly developing lifelong friendships during your pledge semester and beyond. Brotherhood is the core foundation of Alpha Kappa Psi that distinguishes our organization from others on campus. Our brothers have joined our fraternity for a variety of reasons and we encourage you to experience the possibilities by rushing Alpha Kappa Psi this fall.
As your Fall 2020 Rush Chairs, we encourage you to take the time to learn more about the Epsilon Chapter at UIUC, explore our website, like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram to get the most up to date information on our Virtual Information Night. Feel free to email us with any questions and we look forward to meeting you on campus in the fall.
Mark Redlich, Adam Zlotnicki, Rhea Oberoi, and Lauren Nay
What is Rush?
Rush is the process by which students engage in professional and social settings for the purpose of getting to know chapter members as well as for chapter members to get to know potential new Brothers.
What can I expect from Rush?
Rush is an opportunity to learn about the many opportunities Alpha Kappa Psi has to offer, and get to know the brothers of our fraternity. There are four different rush events, each with its own focus.
For Information Night, the purpose is primarily to provide information on Alpha Kappa Psi and our chapter. At this event, current brothers and alumni will speak about their experiences, and potential new members sign up for a first round interview slot.
First round interviews allow our brothers to get to know rushees on a deeper level, and are conversational. Both information night and first round interviews are business casual.
If invited back, rushees will then continue with the rush process by attending our social night at the iHotel, where they will get to know the brotherhood of our chapter. This event is smart casual.
The final rush event focuses on professional development and consists of a mandatory interview, similar to that of a job interview, and is business professional.
Can I still interview if I am unable to attend Information Night?
Yes. If you are unable to attend information night, please contact our rush team as soon as possible at email@example.com to set up an interview time.
What does Alpha Kappa Psi offer its members for professional development?
Alpha Kappa Psi prides itself on its professionalism. To ensure all members are prepared for the business world, we provide activities like resume critiques, mock interviews, company presentations, business etiquette lessons, golf clinics, networking events, and much more. A few of our larger events include the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Development Conference which allows our members exclusively to network and receive personalized interview tips, resume critiques, and professional advice from our corporate sponsors. We also host a Commerce Night Out (CNO) which provides our members with a more informal setting to network with business professionals following the Career Fair.
What does it mean to dress casual, business casual, and business professional?
- Casual dress means attire can be everyday wear; however, be sure to remain presentable.
Business casual is neat, crisp, and classic. The basics include khaki or dress pants, and a long-sleeved, buttoned solid shirt or polo for men and a blouse for women.
Business professional dress requires both men and women to wear suits.
Would I be able to join Alpha Kappa Psi if I am in a social sorority or fraternity?
Yes, Alpha Kappa Psi currently has a healthy mix of members who belong to other Greek organizations and those who do not; however, it is important to realize that Alpha Kappa Psi is a large time commitment, particularly during pledgeship, that cannot be overlooked.
If I do not get a bid the first time can I rush again?
We highly encourage everyone to rush again if they do not receive a bid the first time around and truly want to join Alpha Kappa Psi. There is absolutely no penalty for rushing again; in fact, many members in our fraternity have rushed multiple times.
What kind of people does Alpha Kappa Psi look for?
We expect prospective members to be highly motivated, committed, and passionate. We look for an individual's potential to grow as much as we look at their present qualities.
What are the formal requirements for joining Alpha Kappa Psi?
All members are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA or above, have an interest in business, be eligible to be members for at least 3 semesters, and have completed the rush process.
What is Pledging?
When you accept your bid with Alpha Kappa Psi, you will take part in a 12 week long pledge process in which your skills are tested and your weaknesses are refined. During this time, you and your pledge class will take part in projects where you will learn the true meaning of Brotherhood, Professionalism and Teamwork.
How are you dealing with the effects of COVID and its impact on the rush process?
We plan to abide by current restrictions regarding large gatherings and wearing personal protective equipment throughout the rush process to ensure the safety of rushees and our active members. With this in mind, we have chosen to make our process virtual.
What will an online pledgeship look like?
Our active members are eager to get to know all new pledges and will work tirelessly to ensure that the experience is as fulfilling as possible. Although there is uncertainty regarding the ability to have in person events, we will uphold our core values so pledges can have the opportunity to excel their professionalism, give back to the community, and immerse themselves into our brotherhood.
Am I able to rush if I am completely remote during the semester?
Absolutely! As our rush process is adapted to being completely virtual, we will allow those taking their classes from home to participate in the rush process. Taking classes from home has no effect on your acceptance into the fraternity.