What is Fraternity Rush?

Fraternity rush is a week where students interested in joining a fraternity can check out all of the chapters and meet the brothers. Cal is home to some 35 fraternities, and rush week is designed for interested students to be able to visit all the chapters and decide which is the right one for them. Active brothers in chapters will typically refer to rush week simply as “rush”, and prospective members as “rushees”. Although it is difficult to remember everyone’s name when you’re rushing, don’t feel intimidated or nervous – just be yourself and have a good time. Rush is open to all registered students on campus, regardless of class. At the end of rush week, you will receive a “bid” -an invitation to join- from the brothers in the chapter. There is no commitment to join or accept the bid, and you may receive bids from multiple fraternities. The most important thing it to accept the bid from the fraternity that suits you best.

Why Rush DKE?

Delta Kappa Epsilon (“Deke”) has a long and distinguished history both at the University of California, and at campuses nationwide. The Theta Zeta Chapter at UC Berkeley is a proud and noble brotherhood, supported by the pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service. Deke strictly adheres to a no-hazing policy, and our pledge education events and initiation build a bond of lasting brotherhood and shared tradtion. Notable alumni of Deke include 5 Presidents of the United States and 4 Vice Presidents, as well as such notable Americans as William Randolph Hearst, JP Morgan, Dean Witter, Cole Porter, Dick Clark, William Wrigley, and Howard Heinz to name a few. Our diverse and prestigious alumni base offers a wealth of valuable connections and contacts.

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Benefits of Greek Life

  • Out of the 5,000 general fraternity chapters, a majority consistently achieve higher grade point averages than the all male averages.
  • 65% of fraternity members graduate from college, compared with only 45% of non-members.
  • Of the current United States Senators ad Representatives, 24% are fraternity members.
  • 85% of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910, have been Greek.
  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greeks.
  • 85% of Fortune 500 executives are fraternity members.
  • 71% of the Who’s Who in America listees are also fraternity members.

Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Visit the official DKE website to learn more about this 160 year old fraternity. This site contains information on the 66 active chapters across the United States, Canada, and the more than 70,000 initiated brothers that represent them.

Rush Referral Form
Please fill out this form if you or someone you know is interested in rushing the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Theta Zeta Chapter Rush Interest Form
For students already enrolled at UC Berkeley and interested in rushing the Theta Zeta Chapter please fill out this informational survey about your self

Cal Greeks
Visit the Greek Life homepage to learn about Fraternity Rush at Berkeley.

DKE History
Click here to read the history of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

Prominent Dekes Today
Dekes can count among their brothers numerous men who have achieved the pinnacles of success in their respective endeavors. From entertainment to politics, Dekes truly excel.