Join Lambda Chi Alpha

For over a century, Lambda Chi Alpha has distinguished itself at Cornell for the outstanding social, academic, and leadership development of its brothers, but most of all the commitment of our brothers to one another. We are always looking for worthy men to bring into our bond.

If you have questions about rushing Lambda Chi, please contact our rush chairman, Duncan McCausland, at djm438. We look forward to meeting you, whom we hope to one day call “brother.”

How to Join

Fundamentally, your fraternity is where you fit in. Before we can consider a man for membership, he must be known to the current brothers, something that can develop over the events of formal rush, or through friendships formed outside the fraternity in other activities, sports, or classes.

January Formal Rush

All classes may take part in formal rush, the official period set aside for fraternities to meet prospective members, which takes place in January before the start of spring semester.

Formal rush includes a series of open houses (“smokers”) and interviews (“contacts”), and other events which the various houses sponsor; for the calendar, registration links, and regulations, see the Cornell IFC Recruitment website. At the end of rush week, fraternities will issue formal invitations (“bids”), and those who accept will “sign” their bid electronically from the IFC website.

Informal Rush

Sophomores and upperclassmen may also participate in informal rush, which is conducted chapter-by-chapter throughout the school year.

Informal rush, as its name suggests, has no official calendar or bid night. Sophomores and upperclassmen who meet our standards, befriend many brothers, and demonstrate an interest in membership may be invited to join at any time during the school year.