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 joining 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

Fraternity is about belonging. The best way for us to see if you are right for Lambda Chi, and if Lambda Chi is right for you, is for you to meet as many brothers as you can, whether through friendships formed outside the house in class, sports, or other activities; by getting invited to dinner or another event by a member; or under the auspices of the formal rush process.

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.

To participate, you must register for rush prior to returning to school.

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.