An Overview of Fraternity Life
Deciding which fraternity to join will likely be one of the hardest decision in your life. The decision requires research and self-inspection. It will be a life-long decision. Your college fraternity is your family for life. And, as with any decision, there are things to take into consideration.
Which Fraternity is the Right One for You?
There are over 120 college fraternities and sororities (for women) nationwide although only 5 fraternities and 4 sororities are chartered on the campus of ETSU. This decision is about joining a family that will support you in both good times as well as the hardships of college as well as your personal life. Be yourself when introducing yourself to future brothers and remember to ask questions that are important to you.
How Much Time is Involved?
In college, your days will be jammed with classes and assignments. So how much time is required in the fraternity you would like to join? Do you have enough time for it? Each fraternity will have its share of social events and philanthropic events. You will be expected to take part in these events. Don't be afraid to ask questions about these requirements. You don't want to be penalized for not taking part.
Isn’t Hazing Illegal?
Hazing is illegal, but many fraternities still practice hazing in some form or fashion. Some more so than others. The practice of hazing can make or break your fraternity experience. So, if you do not have thick skin and do not want to be subjected to hazing, you need to find out whether the brotherhood you are considering practices hazing. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has had a strict anti-hazing policy for over 30 years and effective March 9, 2014 our National Officers made the decision to eliminate the Pledging Process in its entirety in a further effort to establish equality for all and to eliminate the possibility of any new member being injured in any way as a result of joining our fraternity. Going forward, when a potential New Member accepts a Bid (an Invitation to Join the Fraternity) they will be Initiated as a Full Member within 96 hours of their acceptance of membership. This was a bold and forward thinking change however, the decision was made to protect the health and well-being of ALL of our Members and to preclude the possibility of any New Recruit/Pledge being hazed or harassed in any form.
What Are the Fees Involved ? What will membership in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Cost Me?
Newly Initiated Members will pay a fee of $310.00 which will cover their Initiation Fee and first Semester’s Due. After the first Semester, each Member/Brother will pay $550.00 per Semester for dues and other related Chapter expenses. Members can arrange a payment plan with the Chapter if a lump sum payment creates a financial burden.
Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about Greek Life at ETSU in general and our organization specifically.