Fraternities at SU

How do I choose a fraternity?

Frequently Asked Questions

It is important to make sure that you are choosing the fraternity that is right for you.  Here are some frequently asked questions that might help in the decision-making process:

  • It varies between the four chapters.  On average, annual dues are around $1200.

  • Fraternities provide a unique social outlet on campus, as well as promoting brotherhood, a close bond amongst friends, opportunities to develop leadership skills, network with alumni, and become part of a very close-knit community.

  • This is one of the most important things to know about a fraternity.  Southwestern University has a zero tolerance policy on hazing.  Each fraternity has different expectations, and none of them should include hazing.  You should expect to learn about the history of the fraternity, attend study hours, participate in social functions, and learn about the operations of the fraternity.

  • Each fraternity at Southwestern is unique in their approach to recruiting new members, priorities, interests, costs, and goals.  It is important to know as much as you can about each group before deciding to join.

  • Southwestern’s fraternities have a range of housing opportunities.  Some houses primarily use rooms as singles, which means fewer people live in the house,  while others have double rooms.  Each fraternity has guidelines on how they will fill the house each semester.  In most cases, chapter officers live in the house, as well as a mix of mostly Sophomore and Junior members.