What is Rush?
Rush is a casual term to describe the process of Formal Recruitment, which every fraternity on campus participates in. During Rush Week, there will be many events where you’ll have an opportunity to meet brothers and tell them a little about yourself. This is a chance for you to become better friends with the brothers of the fraternity and figure out if it is the right fit for you. Contact our Rush Chair to find out more info about our Rush Week schedule of events!
What does a fraternity offer overall?
As an incoming freshman, a fraternity can be a scary idea. The guys can be intimidating and the thought of committing to a group that lasts a lifetime can feel overwhelming. The truth is that joining a fraternity has a lot to offer and very few drawbacks. It most importantly provides an environment that encourages and expects a high level of dedication to classes and school. Our motto is "Alma Mater first, Theta Chi for Alma Mater". Another unique benefit of joining is the large group of guys that have a lot in common which help to build some of the best friendships you can find. There really is so much to list that it would be impractical to go on and on about it. To get a better look at what it's all about, continue reading and get in touch with our Rush Chair, so we can answer your questions, help you get more comfortable with the idea of Greek Life, and keep you in the loop of recruitment events that we hold.
What is it exactly that you DO in a Fraternity?
Our fraternity is a way for college-aged males to surround themselves with positive peer-pressure. We participate in a wide range of activities that focus on high scholastic achievement, extending a helping hand to our community, growing and maturing as leaders, and extending our network of friends. This ranges from study hour programs, to numerous philanthropy events, to being top leaders in campus organizations, and social events. Feel free to look through our pictures to see us in action!
How much does it cost to join a fraternity?
Every chapter sets different financial obligations, but “the money question” shouldn’t be the one thing that keeps you from going Greek. Fraternity dues help pay for just about everything needed to keep a fraternity running smoothly. Fees for live-outs are $400/ term, and includes all meals at the house as well as complete access to the kitchen, pantry, and fridges. If money is a concern for you, if you lower your meal plan from the dorms you can potentially eliminate the live-out fee by eating at the house everyday instead, since the typical dining plan is around $600.Theta Chi has also variety of payment options, and many brothers participate in a payment plan. In addition we also provide scholarships, which you can find out more about here.
Is it more expensive to live in the fraternity?
Nope! You actually save money if you live in the fraternity instead of the dorms, this is one of the biggest advantages of joining Theta Chi. On average you save about $1,300 per term, and we even reimburse your dorm cancellation fee! Check out the detailed cost comparison below for more information. (Click the image to enlarge)
Can I join other clubs on campus and be a member of Theta Chi?
Of course! In fact, we encourage you to be involved on campus in as many ways as possible; Many of our brothers are also members of Student Government, IFC, Academic Clubs, Student Activities, academic fraternities, and many more.
After I join, when am I expected to move into the house?
We encourage all members to live in, and you can move in at any time, even while you are still pledging Theta Chi, in fact we encourage moving in as soon as possible! We are located just two blocks from the center of campus, and living in Theta Chi is actually cheaper than the dorms, we even reimburse your dorm cancellation fee! Check out the table below for more info on price comparisons. All brothers are required to live in the house for a minimum of six terms, starting their sophomore year.
Isn’t joining a fraternity kind of like paying for your friends?
No. Think of fraternity dues as a way to organize money for a group of people, like when everybody in an apartment chips in for food or other necessities. Like any other organization that asks its members to pay dues, Theta Chi uses its money to plan events and provide other important services for its members.
Does Theta Chi haze its new members?
Absolutely not. The “philosophy” (if you want to call it that) of hazing is just the opposite of what we as men of Theta Chi stand for. Not only does hazing reinforce negative stereotypes, we strongly believe that it is destructive and harmful to the health of a chapter and its members. We build our brothers up, not tear them down.
What are the benefits of going Greek?
There are many reasons to Greek! You'll meet new friends, gain access to new opportunities, and forge new relationships, while making a difference on your campus and in your community at the same time. Membership in a fraternity doesn’t end after you graduate—you’re part of a life long brotherhood that will always be there for you. Greeks are leaders, scholars, and innovators, and many have gone on to be highly successful.
What are function? Does Theta Chi have any functions? With Whom?
A function is a themed event, usually held with a sorority. Socials are a great way to meet new people, especially women in other sororities. We hold several functions each semester, and have gone to a variety of venues across town.
What sort of time commitment is involved? Will I be able to balance school and work with the fraternity?
Our motto is “Alma Mater first, Theta Chi for Alma Mater.” When you boil it down, we’re all students here, and school is our top priority. But, being part of a fraternity also means having fun. To get the best of both worlds, we encourage our members to develop strong time management skills. Many of our brothers are able to consistently qualify for the Dean’s and President’s lists, and our overall GPA is often at or near the top of the list. So in short, yes, you can strike a balance, but only if you’re willing to set priorities and manage your time effectively. We can give you the tools to do that, but it’s ultimately up to you.
How many meals are offered?
13 meals a week which are provided by our house cook. The meals are Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner Monday through Thursday with brunch on Friday. We also have a fully stocked pantry and walk in fridge so you can make food anytime you want.
What exactly does Theta Chi’s new member education entail?
Typically the new members will have two sessions a week at the chapter house lasting around half an hour. We feel new member education in Theta Chi is one of the most important aspects of being a member. This is the time to learn what our fraternity is all about, and solidify the reasons you chose to join.
How involved are we on campus?
Our chapter is highly involved in variety of Greek-related events like Homecoming, Greek Week, and SING. We are also involved in many community service events throughout the year and take pride in our fraternity’s motto “Extend a Helping Hand.” We have members who are very involved in student organizations within and outside the Greek community and every member is also highly encouraged to join at least one club on campus. Many members have become executive leaders in organizations such as OSU Interfraternity Council (IFC), Student Alumni Leadership Council, ASOSU, Student Government, Order of Omega and many others. This is all done to further promote campus involvement and further develop a member’s leadership skills.