University of Alabama sorority rush week goes viral—learn more

Bid Day
New members of the Phi Mu sorority run to their new house on bid day. Photo via Libby Foster for The Bama Buzz

Rush week at the University of Alabama got national attention this year. Girls looking for their perfect sorority garnered millions of views for their TikToks that highlighted the outfits, early mornings and endless meet-and-greets of sorority recruitment. Keep scrolling to experience the biggest week on Sorority Row.

Bama girls go international

Bid Day
Members of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority pose outside of their house after bids are sent out. Photo via Libby Foster for The Bama Buzz

People around the world tuned into rush week 2021 at the University of Alabama. TikTok has made it easier than ever to go viral, and UA’s sorority recruitment was the hottest trend on the app last week. Watching girls work to get a bid at their favorite house was almost like a reality show in real time.

Bid Day
New Delta Delta Delta (Tri-Delt) members on bid day. Photo via Libby Foster for The Bama Buzz

Though rush week got lots of outside attention this year, it’s always a big deal on UA’s campus. About 35% of UA’s campus is involved in Greek life, and there are 66 registered Greek-letter associations.

Bid Day
Delta Gamma girls patiently wait for their newest sisters on bid day. Photo via Libby Foster for The Bama Buzz

You can follow along with every moment by searching “Alabama rush week” on TikTok. There are endless videos, so prepare yourself for some procrastination. Here are some of my favorites…

Never ending OOTDs

@dollypartonwannabe02

RUSH OOTD AHHHHH 🥳💗🌴🦄🦋🌈 ##fyp ##style ##fashion ##haul ##haultok ##outfit ##shopping ##ootd

♬ original sound – emma lou 🛍⚡️🦄

I’ll admit, I fell down the rabbit hole of rush outfit of the days (OOTDs) this weekend. The amount of thought and energy that goes into each look is impressive. One UA freshman, Emma Lou, who is known as @dollypartonwannabe02 on TikTok, got particularly famous during rush week.

@dollypartonwannabe02

PREF OOTD WISH US LUCK PLZ WE ARE SCARED SCARED SCAREDYS 🦋🌈 ##fyp ##style ##fashion ##haul ##haultok ##outfit ##shopping ##ootd ##bama ##rush

♬ original sound – emma lou 🛍⚡️🦄

Emma Lou’s “pref day” video got lots of attention. It even got a comment from fashion brand Kendra Scott, which is a favorite amongst sorority girls for rush week earrings. On pref day, sororities make their final decisions about whom to choose as new members.

@morgannmcneill

Polish week ✔️ Rush aphi ❤️‍🔥 ##bama ##alphaphi ##rush ##polishweek

♬ check out YEAH DONT CARE on spotify iTunes etc – HeyLoserFace

Every day’s a different theme at Alabama rush week. Each sorority house on campus has an aesthetic for the days of the recruitment process. No matter what house you represent, I’m sure it’s a week filled with glitter, wigs, cowboy hats and more.

Dancing down sorority row

@emmaa.evans

Work week ice ice baby pookie ##sorority ##alabama ##phimu ##liob ##rush

♬ I do own this Jordan – S2N Sirus

Sorority girls put their own spin on some classic TikTok dances during rush week. They made them sparkle (literally) in their elaborate recruitment outfits.

@olivia.blessing

RUSH DEEG BABY 💗💙 @bamadeltagamma ##fyp ##sorority ##bama ##alabamarecruitment ##alabamarush ##rush ##workweek ##MakingTheCut

♬ original sound – olivia blessing

Door songs ring loud

@ellesandyy

Gotta learn it all. Rain or shine 😆 ##alabamarushweek ##alabamarush

♬ original sound – elle

Each sorority has a signature door song on the University of Alabama’s campus. Each time a new group of girls enters the house, sorority members chant and dance to welcome them. Some are more elaborate (and possibly intimidating) than others. I’ve never seen a door song in person, so I rely on TikTok to imagine the feeling of walking into a sorority house for the first time.

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