What is a Fraternity? A Fraternity is a group of men bound together by friendship, brotherhood, and common goals. Being in a fraternity gives its members a network in which they can share their friendships, efforts, and knowledge. Together these members learn and grow, strengthening the fraternity, forming a brotherhood amongst the members, and developing strong and creative leadership, which leads to real-life success. The experiences shared by the members builds ties that last a lifetime.
Though there are many different Fraternities, they all share common founding principles that are of interest to any college man. Fraternities strive to enhance the educational experience by emphasizing intellectual, interpersonal, and social development. The ideals of lifelong friendship, sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction are what Fraternity men strive to live by every day.
Don’t Fraternities take up a lot of time? Fraternity membership requires anywhere from 2 to 8 hours a week. Meetings are held weekly on Monday nights, during which crucial business, ideas, and concerns are shared amongst the members. Other events, such as party planning, community service projects, and social exchanges with the other houses on campus are also actively participated in by the members of the house. However, although building strong friendships and social networks is an important part of the college experience, fraternity members have learned to manage their time wisely with other commitments like homework, relationships, family, and jobs. This is why many Fraternity members tend to succeed in their lives.
If I’m new on campus, shouldn’t I wait to get my “feet on the ground” before I join? The University of Minnesota is a big place. As you get to know more people, you will feel more comfortable on campus. By joining in your first year, you will find adjusting to University life a lot easier. Members of the fraternity are always around for support and guidance, as we all have been through the very same experiences ourselves.
What is Rush? Fraternity Rush is a time when the Fraternities seek and recruit new men to join. It is a time when men on campus have an opportunity to visit each Fraternity and compare what each has to offer so that they may chose the one that fits them best. Rush does not cost you anything. All the Rush events are free!
If I go through Rush, do I have to join a Fraternity? No. Rush is a time to see what Fraternity life can offer you. Going to Rush events does not commit you to joining any one fraternity.