Though you may have been exposed to negative stereotypes of fraternities, joining a Greek organization is one of the best decisions your son can make during his college years. Over 150 years ago, our founders laid the basic principles and values of an organization that complimented our college education by giving back to our communities; the best way to put an education to use.
As a Phi Psi, your son will learn how to lead and compromise within a group while serving on committees and in chapter meetings and to hone those skills, he will have access to Phi Kappa Psi’s leadership schools held annually across the country. He will discover “The Great Joy of Serving Others” through Phi Psis numerous service initiatives and dedication to our communities. He’ll be given the tools and confidence to strive for high grades through our chapter scholarship programs and rewarded through our Foundation’s numerous grants and scholarships. The chapter atmosphere will promote diversity in your son’s life and encourage him to join other groups on campus to better himself. Perhaps most importantly, he’ll have a network of over 70,000 brothers across the world to help and mentor him through every stage of his life.
The phrase “helicopter parent” is overdramatic, but parents are clearly more involved in the decisions their sons make today than in the past. Our goal is to help you understand Phi Kappa Psi and all of its benefits, while letting you know about our risk management policies and the expectations we hold for every member of the Fraternity.
Will my son’s experience be like that of movies like “Animal House” and “Beta House”?
Unfortunately, movies like these have given fraternity members a bad rap as irresponsible, reckless and foolish. In reality, men of fraternities like Phi Kappa Psi are part of values based organizations who commit themselves to their growth as individuals through academic achievement, leadership experiences, diversified networks and community involvement. Phi Psis believe there is no better compliment to a college education than philanthropic participation in our communities.
I don’t want my son’s grades to hurt; will the time he invests in the fraternity hinder his achievement?
Phi Kappa Psi places great value on the academic success of our members. In fact, it is one of our top priorities. After all, academics is the reason our members are in college in the first place. Time management can be an issue for many students, especially when making the transition into college. Phi Kappa Psi chapters include a Scholarship Committee which oversees, encourages and monitors the academic attainment of its members. Nothing compares to the value of having an experienced upperclassmen with a working knowledge of managing his time and the resources offered by the school like the library, computer labs and career centers, which are there to support and guide your son’s scholastic success. Many of our chapter’s scholarship programs include study buddy programs, quiet hours in the chapter house, time management workshops, study hours for all members, and incentive programs. While our chapters offer many resources and means for higher achievement, it is ultimately up to your son to take advantage of them.
Furthermore, the time invested into the fraternity is up to the individual. No member is ever asked to place the fraternity above his own personal priorities like work, school or relationships. However, the time your son puts into the fraternity will ultimately reflect what he gets out of the experience. For example, he may learn more about the practice of accounting by becoming a chapter treasurer than he would in the classroom alone. Recent studies have shown students who get involved are more likely to graduate and report higher enjoyment with their college experience. By participating in the life of his chapter, your son will learn to balance his time, a priceless skill after college.
What about hazing and what’s this Ritual all about?
Phi Kappa Psi opposes hazing in any form and the National Fraternity swiftly acts on any and all reports of it. Phi Kappa Psi supports a New Member Education period that introduces new members to the fraternity, teaches them basic study and leadership skills necessary to collegiate success, educates the members in the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and provides safe activities for new and older members to bond with each other.
The word “ritual” is often associated with sacrificial scenes from movies, when in fact it is nothing more than a confirmation of our beliefs in the presence of our brothers. The Ritual of Phi Kappa Psi is a members only event where the values and ideals of our fraternity are explained and new members commit themselves to these values and ideals for life.
Will it cost a lot of money?
Phi Kappa Psi's fees and premiums are in line with most other fraternities across the country. When your son becomes a new member a one time $50 fee is assessed for a new member pin and a manual of Phi Kappa Psi. Upon initiation into the fraternity a $250 one time fee is assessed for a lifetime subscription to our National Magazine, a badge of membership, access to our members only networking site, a certificate of membership and a card of membership. After that, every chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is supported by the dues of their members, thus every chapter is different; expenses include insurance, chapter service fees and, if housing is offered, competitive housing and meal plans.
Who’s in charge of the group?
Chapters of Phi Kappa Psi are governed by the undergraduate members. However, alumni advisory committees made up of dedicated local alumni members stand by to guide chapters along the way and keep an eye on their activities. The National Fraternity offers advice, guidance and programming through a paid staff that makes yearly visits to all their chapters. Furthermore, most schools offer a professional staff to monitor and guide the group as well.
How does my son go about joining a Fraternity and which is the best for him?
Many campuses organize a recruitment process for students to learn about the fraternities on their campus. Most chapters of Phi Kappa Psi are always open to meeting new members and are happy to speak with anyone interested in Greek Life. Remember that just like a search for college, your son must find a fraternity that suites his personality and needs. Every group has different strengths and weaknesses, so do not be afraid to ask questions about chapters to find the right one.