Sept. 13th | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Foellinger Auditorium
An opportunity for all rushees to learn more about AKPsi and what makes our chapter unique. This event is mandatory in order to sign up for a first round interview and you can fill out this informational form for important updates. If you are unable to attend, please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Dress is Business Casual
Meet & Greet
Sept. 17 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM | Siebal Center for Design
An event that provides rushees the chance to network with our brothers in a more casual setting. This event is optional, but highly encouraged. Spots are limited and advanced registration is required and will be emailed out to those who attend information night or email an excuse to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dress is Smart Casual
First Round Interviews
SIGN UP AT INFO NIGHT
Sept. 18th | Illini Union
First Round Interviews are a way for our brothers to get to know rushees on a deeper level. These interviews are conversational and will consist of a 15-minute time slot for each rushee.
Dress is Business Casual
Sept. 20th | 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Illini Union
Social Night is an event that provide rushees with the chance to get to know our brothers on a more personal level. This event typically consists of interactive games and casual networking.
Dress is Smart Casual
Final Round Interviews
Sept. 22nd | Illini Union
The Final Round Interviews are more professional and are aligned with a typical behavioral interview. Sign ups for a 10-minute interview time slot will be available at our Social Night.
Dress is Business Professional
“Having the opportunity to rush and pledge AKPsi has truly taught me the delicate balance between discipline and fun. As a first-semester freshman, I saw college as a chance to push myself, to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. AKPsi exceeded all my expectations because not only did I learn to go out of my comfort zone, but I learned to thrive in it. Attending workshops, expanding networks, and spending every free time with my pledge class helped me experience college to the fullest and I am so excited for all there is to come!”
-Lucia Lin, Sophomore
A letter from the Rush Team
Thank you for expressing interest in the Alpha Kappa Psi Epsilon Chapter’s Fall 2023 Rush process! Our chapter is built on the foundation of brotherhood, philanthropy, and professionalism that all our brothers exemplify through their various endeavors. Our semesterly recruitment process, known as rush, allows us to grow our chapter by extending invitations to individuals who are committed and passionate towards these values. Currently, the Epsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi has more than 150 active members in addition to being the oldest and largest business fraternity at the University of Illinois. Each of our brothers strive for greatness in their own personal pursuits, while also eagerly giving back to our chapter, the university, and the Champaign-Urbana community.
As the Fall 2023 Rush process begins, we are thrilled to announce our theme: ‘Seek New Horizons.” This theme embodies our commitment to pushing ourselves to our highest potential while exploring diverse paths. Our chapter’s goal is to help you discover what you are most passionate about by making valuable connections with the members of our chapter. Our members strive to be the best versions of themselves while following their authentic goals. Each person is on their own journey and should push themselves to find what they are passionate about. By rushing Alpha Kappa Psi, you are taking the first step towards potentially joining an organization that will offer you unparalleled opportunities and resources.
Alpha Kappa Psi aims to provide its members with professional development workshops, exclusive networking events with diverse sponsors, and an incredible, personalized mentorship program. Beyond that, you will have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with our amazing brothers and learn from their college experiences. Alpha Kappa Psi offers a close-knit brotherhood that fosters lifelong friendships and creates a sense of family on campus. Although college can be overwhelming at times, our brothers are dependable and always there to offer encouragement while pushing you to find your own path.
As your Fall 2023 Rush Chairs, we encourage you to learn more about what our Epsilon Chapter is all about. You can do so by following us on Instagram (@uiuc.akpsi), liking our Facebook page, following us on LinkedIn, and checking back on this website for the most up-to-date information throughout the entire rush process. Feel free to email us with any further questions at email@example.com. Our chapter is excited to meet you!
Sarah Tomlinson, Sanjana Gangadharan, Ishaan Shah, and Conor Cunningham
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 a chance 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 having its own focus. 1.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. 2. 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. 3. If invited back, rushees will then continue with the rush process by attending our social night, where they will get to know the brotherhood of our chapter. This event is smart casual. 4. 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 rush if I am unable to attend Information Night?Yes. If you are unable to attend Information Night, you will be able to sign up for first round interviews when the link is opened to rushees. Please contact the rush team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about interview scheduling.
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, case competitions, business etiquette lessons, networking events, our individualized mentorship program, and much more. This past semester we held over 25 professional workshops, some of which include career paths both inside and outside of Gies, personal branding, virtual recruiting, investing, LinkedIn and Handshake, and internship success. 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 smart casual, business casual, and business professional?"Smart 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 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 professional workshops, philanthropic community work, and chapter-wide events where you will learn the true meaning of Brotherhood, Professionalism and Teamwork.
What will 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. We will continue to uphold our core values through a variety of events so pledges can have the opportunity to excel their professionalism, give back to the community, and immerse themselves into our brotherhood.