Drew houston, Phi delta theta '05
gabriel ginorio, kappa sigma '18
"I viewed [joining a fraternity] as a way to expand my horizons from a close friend group of ten people to a group of over 100 throughout my four years here, who honestly care about each other just as much or even more. At MIT, fraternities strive for the continuous betterment of our chapters in all aspects, including academically, professionally, and socially."
DION LOW, PHI BETA EPSILON '16
"[In joining] I saw the opportunity to be surrounded by people I looked up to and the people I wanted to be. Choosing a close set of brothers on whom you can depend, learn from, and who can motivate you is crucial in succeeding not only at MIT but also later in life. Being surrounded by leaders on campus has motivated me to try new things and start new groups, like the MIT Poker Club. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the close support of those around me.
amelie kharey, tau epsilon phi '18
"I joined for friendship stronger than the typical bond, for connections to alumni, and for more independence in my living situation than the dorms would allow me."
"After joining, I am more tolerant of others. I know how to take care of a house. I can cook for a crowd or host a party. I am there for my friends in their emergencies and they are there for me. Our fraternities are not like Animal House - they are close groups of MIT students living and working together out of a shared lifelong bond."
lucas morales, sigma phi epsilon '17
"At first, I had no intention of joining a fraternity. Once I met the brothers of SigEp, I knew I found the place where I belong here. Over my time here, the principles behind my fraternity have led me to accept my individuality and those of others. I have been made a better man by joining."
christian sanchez, sigma nu '19
"Joining Sigma Nu made me feel like I had a family at MIT. It has increased my confidence and my leadership abilities, has given me a strong social network, and has helped me adjust to living at college. I'd definitely say, 'Don't believe the stereotypes,' since that's not what we're about."
Members of the MIT Fraternity System have gone on to become founders and presidents of companies across the globe, have been some of the brightest minds in research, and have won numerous prizes. Below you will find a snapshot of a few.
Ray Kurzweil, Tau Epsilon Phi '70: Chief Engineer of Google, Inc, recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Charles and David Koch, Beta Theta Pi '57, '62: Chairman/CEO and Executive VP of Koch Industries
Richard Feynman, Pi Lambda Phi '39: World-renowned theoretical physicist, recipient of Nobel Prize in Physics
Paul Gray, Phi Sigma Kappa '54: 14th President of MIT
David Welland, Delta Tau Delta '77: Co-Founder of Silicon Labs
Thomas Popik, Zeta Psi '82: Founder and President of the Foundation for Resilient Socieities
Kenneth D. Cameron, Beta Theta Pi '71: Former Space Shuttle Commander
John Sununu, Phi Sigma Kappa '66: Former Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff
Jim Shields, Delta Tau Delta '71: Former President and CEO of Draper Laboratories
Eric Wilhelm and Colin Bulthaup, Tau Epsilon Phi '99, '01: Co-Founders of Instructables
Lawrence Bacow, Zeta Beta Tau '72: 29th President of Harvard University