Greek life offers a strong community, where you can learn, play, and volunteer with collegiate brothers and sisters. However, if you’re determined to find the perfect fit, choosing the right fraternity may take a while. In this handy guide, we’ve outlined some practical tips for selecting a fraternity, so that you build long-lasting friendships and business connections.
First, research any prospective fraternities and learn their stated values, goals, and history. What is the frat’s reputation on campus, and in the broader Greek community? How do the fraternity brothers use their free time? Are they known for constantly partying, or do students respect their extracurricular goals, such as volunteer work? With some context, you can make a smart decision about each fraternity before rush week.
Next, we recommend finding brothers with similar interests. When college life gets overwhelming, it really helps to have a support network. Before committing to a frat, take a few minutes and ask yourself what you value most in a friend. Honesty? Loyalty? Sense of humor? Think about your best friends back home, and write down a list of positive traits. Then, seek out the fraternities that match what you’re looking for.
If your father, grandfather, or another close relative joined a fraternity in the past, you may want to continue their legacy. In the past, being a descendant of a frat member guaranteed acceptance, but this is not necessarily true today. However, it’s worth researching legacy benefits before you pledge.
College is all about exploration, experimentation, and getting out of your comfort zone. There are so many opportunities that will challenge you to grow and think in new ways. We recommend selecting a fraternity that strives for diversity of opinions, cultures, and backgrounds.
Unless money is no object, you’ll need to investigate fraternity dues before pledging. For example, if you want to live in a frat house, you’ll pay hundreds of dollars for rent and various event fees. However, if you choose to live off campus and pay base-level dues, the yearly fraternity costs can be much more affordable. Before making any commitments, make sure to ask for a cost breakdown, so that you don’t end up with a massive bill.
Ultimately, choosing the right fraternity can have a huge impact on your college experience. Find a frat that mirrors your values, personality, and passions. In addition, every fraternity has at least one philanthropic cause, such as the Huntsman Cancer Institute or the Red Cross. If you align yourself with one of these causes, you’ll have a more fulfilling college life, and find a way to give back to the community.