Will and Carlton both rush for a fraternity, but only Will gains acceptance. When questioned as to why Carlton was denied, one of the fraternity leaders says Carlton does not abide by the social norms of Phi Beta Gamma.
Over dinner, Bartleby tries to explain to his parents why it's not necessary for him to go to college. He argues that it's fiscally irresponsible to do so. His parents don't understand and tell him that he has to attend college in order to succeed in life. Bartleby gives examples of successful people who didn't attend college, but it doesn't change his parents' mind.