Questions and Answers...
You've got questions, we've got answers. Learn more about why you (or your son) should join a fratnerity, specifically Phi Psi, our new member education, how parents are involved, and how to join!
Fraternity means friendship and fellowship. The Iowa State chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is a group of college men who have, by their own choice, banded themselves together as brothers for life. Together, Phi Psis are guided by the laws, rituals, and traditions of the Fraternity. In general, Phi Psi can help educate its members in those social areas the college classroom leaves untouched. In the process of "building men", fraternity members benefit not only themselves but also their alma maters and their communities
Furthermore, Greek men and women comprise less than 5% of the nation's population, yet represent the majority of America's presidents and vice presidents, Supreme Court justices, federal legislators, and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, as well as 80% of those elected to Who's Who in America. This is no fad; it is a legacy to which all members have a responsibility.
Why Phi Kappa Psi?
1. Makes a big university small. Iowa State is a BIG university and it’s easy to feel lost. When you join a fraternity, you immediately have 90 - 100 guys to know and hang out with. In short, this is your college home, one that you can come back to after graduation.
2. Scholarship. Everybody wants to do well in college, but many people have some difficulties making the adjustment or have difficulties with particular classes. It is important to the Fraternity that you do well, and we’ll do what we can to assist. You still have to do the studying, but your fraternity brothers are able and willing to help.
3. Jobs, alumni connections. Our chapter has a growing base of alumni and there are tens of thousands more from all chapters nationwide. While no one is going to guarantee you a job just because you’re a Phi Psi, your fraternal connection will open doors that would not otherwise be available to you.
4. Campus activities. Many of our men are involved with various campus activities and we encourage that. And if you’re interested in getting involved with those, they can help you do so.
5. Intramurals. You don’t have to wonder if you’ll be asked to be on a team. If you want to do intramurals and you’re in our fraternity, you’re on a team.
6. Philanthropy. The founders of our Fraternity believed that if you go through college, or go through life living only for yourself, that you’ve missed the point. They believed that we were put on this earth to be of service to others. We try to live that philosophy by making the commitment to complete 20 service hours per semester per member. Our members are actively involved in Dance Marathon Relay for Life, and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, among other philanthropic activities.
7. Leadership. Prospective employers like their applicants to have had leadership experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for that in our fraternity if you so choose – officers, committee chairs, etc.
8. Social. From socials to Homecoming and Greek Week events to sporadic gatherings, we engage in a variety of activies with sororities and other fraternities in our Greek Community.
9. Cost. Many people have the perception that it costs more to belong to a fraternity. Fact is that the cost of being in Phi Psi is comparable to that of living in the residence halls.
10. Hazing. Everyone wonders about this, even if they don’t ask. We don’t haze. Period.
11. House. We did a $1.6 million dollar renovation during 2006-2008, updating the plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems. We’re fully sprinkled and offer free parking for those living in. Furthermore, our location is only a 5-7 minute walk from central campus.
12. Time commitment. Yes, fraternity does take some time, as is true with any club or organization. However, we understand and encourage involvement in other campus organizations.
New Member Education
Our new member education program is designed to aid new members in adapting to and succeeding at Iowa State Univeristy. New members learn about the Greek Community as a whole and Phi Kappa Psi in particular, including our history, organization, and values.
It is important to note that Phi Kappa Psi does not sponsor or condone any form of hazing. The purpose of the orientation period is to acquaint a potential brother with the fraternity and to give both the fraternity and the new member time to decide whether they are a good match. New members are our future brothers, and we believe in treating them as such.
We want our parents to get to know our Phi Psi brothers and their families. Parents are welcome to visit whenever they like and, during the Fall Semester, we host a "Family Wekend." The Parents Association, along with raising and providing us with wonderful members, have provided us with house amenities and snacks, among other fun things!
Recently, the social chairs have brought back the deeply loved 'Mom's Day' and 'Dad's Day'. These events are separate from family weekend. They are weekends dedicated to just the dudes or just the gals! For Mom's day, the most popular event was Reiman Garden and for Dad's Day, the most popular event was the hog roast.
How to Join Phi Kappa Psi
Recruitment for a fraternity at Iowa State University is an informal year-round process. While summer is the main period of recruitment activity, our chapter continues to actively seek out new members year round. We feel fortunate that our Greek community employs an informal recruitment for fraternities as it gives potential new members the opportunity to develop relationships with Phi Psi members and to see if our chapter is the right fit in a pressure-free setting. An official invitation to join will be extended to a potential new member if there is mutual interest and a comfortable relationship has been established on both sides. We encourage you to connect with our recruitment chair(s) today! To connect with the recruitment team, please fill out the form below.