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Formal Recruitment

The first of opportunity to join a fraternity at Butler is through Formal Recruitment or Rush Week. 

On Wednesday evening of Formal Recruitment, all rushees will tour each fraternity house and receive rush packets from each chapter.  The tours give rushees the ability to see each house and the packets allow the rushees to learn more about the values, the benefits, and the structure of each chapter. 

The next three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) are very different. On these days, rushees will choose which houses they will spend time in and how long they want to stay at a particular house.  There are two 2.5 hour rush sessions (lunch and dinner) where rushes are given the opportunity to meet members of the chapters they visit.  They may attend one house or all five houses during one session.

Finally on Sunday, rushees will receive the bids from houses that have selected them. The rushees will the have to choose which house they would like to join, or even if they'd like to join a house at all. They will receive the option to accept, decline, or reject each bid they receive. By accepting a bid, the rushee has chosen the fraternity they wish to join. 

The requirements to participate in Men's Formal Recruitment are:

  • Must be a registered student of Butler University
  • Cannot be a member of another North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternity
  • Must submit a Recruitment Application
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hour

Open Recruitment

Open Recruitment is the process of becoming a member of a fraternity in any other time period other than formal recruitment.  Open Recruitment is generally done through non-fraternal relationships with members of fraternities.  Sigma Nu Epsilon Mu is committed to recruiting the best men Butler University has to offer regardless of how they are recruited. 

The requirements to participate in Men's Open Recruitment are:

  • Must be a registered student of Butler University
  • Cannot be a member of another North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternity
  • Must make their intentions known to the chapter(s) in which they are interested
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours

Why Sigma Nu?

The brothers of Sigma Nu at Butler University, could tell you a lot of reasons why we each chose Sigma Nu, and each and every brother could probably give you a different answer. The truth is that all of our brothers joined for their own personal reasons. Here are just a few of the reasons why we think you might be interested in Sigma Nu:

  • Our chapter has been awarded the Pursuit of Excellence award every year for the past four years. This is quite an achievement because it indicates that we are one of the ten strongest fraternity chapters in existence.

  • Our chapter is well-respected regarding academics. We have been awarded the Regent's award nearly every year of our existence. This award indicates that we have had the top GPA on campus for at least one semester per year. When it comes to scholastic achievement, we are the strongest fraternity at Butler.

  • We are a social fraternity. Every fraternity can throw a party, but only Sigma Nu hosts the most anticipated and well-attended party of the year. Our annual Halloween party, Voodoo, is one of the major social events at Butler. Among our other activities are our "Dating Game" night with a select sorority, several informal events at local venues, and our annual formal dance, most recently located at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

  • Regarding philanthropy, we are the only fraternity that has claimed the Lamp of Wisdom award for being the top Philanthropic Organization at the university. We host a powder-puff football tournament among the sororities that we call the "World Vision Bowl" because it raises money for World Vision. This organization provides for poverty-stricken areas in third-world countries. We also focus on our own community by volunteering for such things as Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, Gleaner's Food Bank, and many more.

  • We have an outstanding scholarship program. This program rewards our brothers for scholastic achievement by rewarding them with scholarships that range up to $3,000 per year. We understand that a college education is both expensive and difficult, so we reward our outstanding brothers by making a financial contribution to their education. This is yet another reason why we excel in academics.


  • We also have a program set up so that we can help pay for GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and other preparatory classes for graduate school entrance exams. We want our men to succeed in the real world, and helping them to get into the best schools possible will aid that endeavor.


  • We have one of the nicest chapter homes on campus. After being completely renovated in 2002, we began a campaign to raise money for an addition to our chapter home. This addition is now complete, allowing nearly every man to live in a single, or with just one other roommate. This addition was made possible by contributions from our very involved alumni.

For more information about Sigma Nu, feel free to view these videos!

As you can see, there are many reasons why Sigma Nu is great at Butler University, and there are plenty more that have not been listed. The best way to find out if Sigma Nu is right for you is to come over and hang out. With the exeption of our weekly business meeting on Sunday evenings between 8PM and 9:30PM, visitors are always welcome!

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of Sigma Nu's Recruitment Chairmen Larry Don and Brian Kenny on the contact us page.

Sigma Nu does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or age.