The Recruitment Process

At Phi Delta Theta we do not like the word “rush” because we do not feel that anyone should be rushed into a decision that is this important. After all, joining a fraternity should be a lifelong decision that you never regret. Unlike traditional “rush”, where fraternities seek members over several weeks, we are constantly looking for men that stand out and show a high character. For us, recruitment is not about the first six weeks on campus, but it is something that takes place throughout the entire year. We are proud to be a very diverse group of individuals that come together for common goals and principles.

Below we have outlined the Kettering Recruitment process for you so that you can have a better understanding of what is going on.


Kettering holds a formal recruitment period during the first 6 weeks of the fall semester where all of the fraternities have to abide by a specific set of rules. The first 4-5 weeks are focused on you getting to know all of the fraternities and them getting to know you by hosting fun and informational events.

Preference Dinners

During 5th or 6th week, invitation only dinners will be held by the fraternities for guys that have shown interest in the fraternity as a chance to get to know each other better still.


During 6th week, bids will be extended to the men that the fraternities believe would make good members. These bids are formal invitations to join the fraternity and go through the pledging process. Many houses, especially ours, will continue to hand out bids beyond this date to quality men that continue to show interest.

Bid Acceptance

Bids are not allowed to be accepted until at least 6th Thursday. At Phi Delta Theta, you can chose to accept your bid at any point up until the end of the following spring semester. However, if you would like to be included in the spring pledge class, the bid would need to be accepted at some point before the end of the fall semester.

The Pledging Process

The term following the acceptance of your bid will be your pledging term during this term you will be taking a class to learn about the history of our Fraternity and our Chapter. If you would like to learn more about the process please click here