Are you curious about fraternities? Here's the low-down, starting with how to join.
Guys skip the organized rush and go where they like!
Recruitment for fraternities is a little different from sororities.
Instead of an organized rush where groups travel from house to house getting to know members, guys attend events at whichever houses they like.
A rush schedule for each fraternity is often e-mailed to all the males on campus and/or posted on the front door of a fraternity house.
Rush events include things like grilling out, playing football or watching sports on a big screen TV.
At the end of the rush, the houses you visited might extend you a bid. You can accept any you like, or decline them all if you don't feel you found the right spot for you.
Fraternities need to do at least one service project a year called a philanthropy. They're usually very fun.
Here are some typical fraternity fundraisers:
- A relay run or walk;
- Baseball on ice;
- The polar bear plunge.
Most of the dues go towards social events with the sororities.
Some fraternities have hosted week-long events with games and competitions for the entire Greek system.
Ponying up the dough
Fraternities are usually less expensive than sororities, about $150 to $600 a semester, but they lack many of the amenities:
Most fraternity houses don't have a house "dad" that lives there and keeps things in order.
They often times don't have a cook or a cleaning service either.
Most of the dues go toward social events they put on with sororities since the fraternity pays for most of them.
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