frequently asked questions
What is the point of joining a fraternity?
Ever since the advent of the modern fraternity in the early 19th Century, the major draw of fraternities is the close-knit community within a university that they provide. Though MIT has over 4,400 undergraduate students, our members have strong connections with their individual chapters, which usually number approximately 45 members. Within these smaller, more intimate communities, members find lasting support in academics, in extracurriculars, and socially.
How many MIT students are in fraternities?
The MIT fraternity community counts over 1000 active members - over 50% of all MIT undergraduate men. Our co-ed organizations, in concert with our sorority colleagues, account for a further 30% of undergraduate women. These members are recruited from all majors, races, religions, national origins, and sexual orientations. We are proud to be such an integral part of MIT’s student community, and believe that any rules-of-thumb that apply to MIT students (academic strength, excess of ambition, obsession with Brass Rats) also apply to us, and vice versa.
How do I know what fraternity is right for me?
With so many fraternities at MIT, it might look like an daunting challenge to find the right place for you. However, there are many ways to learn about the community.
After being admitted to the Institute, one great way to learn about fraternity life and its relationship with MIT is Campus Preview Weekend (CPW), put on every year in April by the Admissions Office. Over these four days, prospective students from across the world arrive to see all that we have to offer, including Greek Life.
The most important way in which you learn what fraternity is right for you, is our Formal Recruitment. Recruitment falls each year the week after Freshman Orientation, and is a week full of activities, trips, socializing, and understanding what each individual fraternity stands for and how you might fit into it. Throughout this period, you will get to know us on a more personal level and we will also get to know you better.
Can I still maintain my grades and campus involvement if I join?
Joining a fraternity at MIT and maintaining your academics and extracurriculars are not mutually exclusive events. In fact, we find that our members are among the strongest academically and most active on campus. Through your time here, you'll find that they are TAs for freshman and upperclassmen classes, senior members of various student government organizations, varsity athletes and captains, and club leaders at the Institute. After joining our community, know that you will find yourself in one of the strongest support networks that you will ever find.
Can I Join if my parents were not in Greek Life?
Of course. There is no requirement for your parents to be affiliated with a fraternity or a sorority to join at MIT. In fact, the majority of our members are first-generation Greeks!
Who should I contact if I am interested in a particular organization?
If you are interested in a particular organization and you don't yet know anyone who is a member there, you should get in contact with that chapter's recruitment chair. You can find the email addresses of our chapters' recruitment chairs here.
Does it matter if I do not drink?
There is never a requirement to drink. A number of our members decide that drinking is not for them, and their decisions are respected. Additionally, our Recruitment each year is a completely dry process, so that you are prepared to make the best decisions possible.
Is there hazing?
Our community does not tolerate hazing of any kind. The Interfraternity Council and the Institute take any allegations of hazing extremely seriously, as those actions are in violation of our chapters' core tenets, IFC and MIT policies, and Massachusetts state law. You can find the Institute's hazing policy here.
What are the costs of joining a fraternity?
There is no upfront fee to joining a fraternity. Depending on the chapter, you may have dues, like an activities fee to cover social events, during your freshman year. Moving forward, fraternities are actually cheaper on average to live in than rooming in a MIT dorm, and their fees will generally include food as well, whereas you may have to subscribe to an MIT meal plan or buy your own food in a dorm. If you have any outstanding concerns about finances, you may consider getting in contact with individual recruitment chairs and presidents, whose information can be found here.
Who should I contact if I have other questions?
If you have any questions about the Interfraternity Council and MIT's fraternity system, you can contact us here. If you have specific questions about Recruitment, please email the current Recruitment Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.