Frequently Asked Recruitment Questions
1. How much does it cost to join a fraternity?
Every chapter sets different financial obligations, but “the money question” shouldn’t be the one thing that keeps you from going Greek. Comparatively, Theta Chi requires a smaller financial commitment than many other national fraternities. Membership dues help pay for t-shirts, socials, Formal, and just about everything else needed to keep a fraternity running smoothly. Theta Chi has a variety of payment options, and many Brothers participate in a payment plan.
2. Isn’t joining a fraternity kind of like paying for your friends?
No. Think of fraternity dues as a way to organize money for a group of people, like when everybody in an apartment chips in for food or other necessities. Like any other organization that asks its members to pay dues, Theta Chi uses its money to plan events and provide other important services for its members.
3. Does Theta Chi haze its new members?
Absolutely not. The “philosophy” (if you want to call it that) of hazing is exactly the opposite of what we as Brothers of Theta Chi stand for. Not only does hazing reinforce negative stereotypes, we strongly believe that it is destructive and harmful to the health of a chapter and its members. We build our Brothers up, not tear them down.
4. What are the benefits of going Greek?
There are many reasons to "go Greek!" You’ll meet new friends, gain access to new opportunities, and forge new relationships, while making a difference on your campus and in your community at the same time. Membership in a fraternity doesn’t end after you graduate—you’re part of a life long brotherhood that will always be there for you. Greeks are leaders, scholars, and innovators, and many have gone on to be highly successful.
5. What is Rush?
What happens when I get there? Rush is a casual term to describe the process of Formal Recruitment, which every fraternity on campus participates in. During Rush you’ll have an opportunity to meet brothers and tell them a little about yourself. You can find out more information about Rush at the IFC web site.
6. Can I join other clubs on campus and still be a member of Theta Chi?
Of course! In fact, we encourage you to be involved on campus in as many ways as possible; Many of our brothers are also members of Student Government, Orientation Leadership, Jack Camp, Student Activities Assoc., IFC, and more. Keep in mind that as a Brother or New Member in Theta Chi, you are expected to place high importance in Fraternity activities. School and work responsibilities come first, but other organizations you're involved with should be secondary to the Fraternity.
7. What are socials? Does Theta Chi have any socials? With Whom?
A social is an event, usually held at the Theta Chi Estate or at a venue in Nacogdoches, often with a sorority. Socials are a great way to meet new people, especially women in other sororities. We hold several socials each semester, and have gone to a variety of venues across town.
8. What sort of time commitment is involved? Will I be able to balance school and work with the fraternity?
Our motto is “Alma Mater first, Theta Chi for Alma Mater.” When you boil it down, we’re all students here, and school is our top priority. But, being part of a fraternity also means having fun. To get the best of both worlds, we encourage our members to develop strong time management skills. Many of our brothers are able to consistently qualify for the Dean’s and President’s lists, and our overall GPA is often at or near the top of the list. So in short, yes, you can strike a balance, but only if you’re willing to set priorities and manage your time effectively. We can give you the tools to do that, but it’s ultimately up to you.