Interested in Pi Kappa Phi - Parents
As a parent, it's a good idea for you to learn about fraternities so you can help your son make the best decision about whether or not he should be part of the Greek life. Joining a fraternity will open many opportunities for your son; academic improvement, leadership, personal growth and networking for potential jobs. Although, most fraternities can offer these opportunities each fraternity is slightly different and your son should choose the one that he feels is the best match for him.
Since Pi Kappa Phi’s founding in 1904 it has redefined what it means to be in a fraternity by making a lifelong brotherhood of leaders. Pi Kappa Phi will help your son grow as person and become the man you know he can be. With the support of the brotherhood he will be able to show his leadership potential, excel in academics, and give back to the community.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Not all of the brothers joined Pi Kappa Phi with leadership experience. The fraternity prides itself on building the leaders of tomorrow. Once a brother you are able to join a committee to work towards bettering the chapter. As your son’s confidence increases he will have the chance to take a leadership role as a committee chairmen or executive council position. Even if he does not decide to take a position within the fraternity he will be taught the skills he needs to have any leadership role on campus, like Orientation Assistant, Student Government, Tutor, or Teaching Assistant. The brothers of Pi Kappa Phi are all leaders on campus one way or another.
Pi Kappa Phi is the only fraternity that owns their own philanthropy, Push America. Push America helps serve people with disabilities. Nationally, the fundraising we do provides funding for the programming like the Journey of Hope, Build America, Gear Up Florida, Give a Push weekends, and Push Camp. All of these events require undergraduate brothers to be heavily involved. Check out more information under our philanthropy page.
Locally, the money is donated to the ARC of Monroe a center that serves people living with disabilities. Aside from the work the chapter does with Push America each brother is required to complete a minimum of 10 service hours per quarter. Most brothers complete their hours by helping out at Ronald McDonalds House, Foodlink and the Red Cross to name a few ways. Aside from leadership, scholarship and service your son will also gain responsibility, confidence and the networking skills to gain a potential job. However, fraternities are similar to a business and your son will have a financial and time commitment.
Since joining RIT’s campus Pi Kappa Phi has had the highest fraternal GPA on campus, consistently above a 3.0 since our founding on this campus in 2009. The fraternity’s GPA has been higher than the male average and continues to increase with each quarter. To keep the chapter’s GPA at its highest the fraternity holds its brothers accountable for maintaining their own personal grades in order to better the chapter. The chapter offers study hours, mid-quarter grade reports and tutoring from brothers who are in the same major as your son.
All fraternities have dues that must be paid. Each chapters dues are different but Pi Kappa Phi has the lowest dues on RIT’s campus. As a new member your son will be required to pay $285 onetime pre-initiation and initiation fee. If your son becomes a brother the dues are about $760 per year. There are payment plans to help, quarterly plan is about $260 and monthly plan about $76.
Everything your son does in college is going to have some sort of time commitment. The most time that your son will have to dedicate to the fraternity is during is the new member education process. During the seven week process each week your son will be asked to attend a weekly new member education meeting that teaches the history and values of the fraternity. Our fraternity also teaches the importance of anti-hazing, we have a no tolerance policy for hazing both by our national organization and at our chapter. Any brothers found to be hazing would be expelled from our chapter and no longer be allowed to be a brother. The national fraternity is very serious and strict when it comes to this issue. When your son becomes a brother, he will attend a weekly chapter meeting and be part of at least one committee.