For Parents

Welcome Parents of Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers and potential members! Below is a brief but thorough explanation of all the benefits of being a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi

What is Alpha Epsilon Pi?
AEPi is a mens social fraternity founded with the mission of building the leaders of tomorrow. We are part of a thriving national fraternity that enhances the college experience both academically and socially.

How does one join?
A student can join the fraternity by first getting to know the members (a period called “rush” and then a period of new member education “pledge”).

The rush period is simply a few weeks where the fraternity hosts events that allow potential members to interact with current members and become familiar with the organization. Examples of events include dinners, laser tag, Shabbat services, and more. All events are alcohol free.

The pledge period is a program where new members learn more about the organization, meet all of the brothers, and get a feel for what it is like to be a full member. Examples of programs include retreats, event planning workshops, study sessions, and tours of the campus in relation to other Greek organizations.

What about hazing? Isn’t that part of the pledge program?
There is absolutely no hazing in Alpha Epsilon Pi. All programs in the pledge process are designed to familiarize the new member with the fraternity and build positive bonds. Hazing is absolutely prohibited and if at any time members feel uncomfortable they can call our national headquarters at 1-800-ACE-AEPi and speak to our national staff.

It does cost money though?
Yes, being in fraternity costs money. Much of these funds go to our national organization to support the many leadership initiatives, programming, and administrative costs including insurance.

The majority of the money stays with the local chapter and goes towards subsidizing programming and food. All money is budgeted before each term and the chapter reviews the allocations and votes on them before any money is spent. Chapter leadership also applies for many grants and scholarships to add to our funding without charging the brothers more money.

Why should my son join?
The answer to this question depends on the person, but in general being in a Greek organization enhances the college experience and continues providing a benefit long after graduation.

Social interaction – Greek life offers the opportunity to meet hundreds of people from varying majors and ages that you would not normally meet.

Grades – the average Alpha Epsilon Pi member at RIT has a higher GPA than the all-mens average. We provide tutors, study sessions, and time management workshops along with rewards for classroom achievement to help our members succeed academically. We even have an advisor dedicated to academic success. We work closely with the Academic Support Center on campus to provide our members with seminars and educational sessions that will help them throughout their college career. We also host public study hours at our house and have a number of tutors provided by the Academic Support Center to help students with their work.

Housing – Fraternal on campus housing is available for our members and is one of the least expensive housing options on campus. It is also conveniently located on the academic side of campus, near classes and dining locations.

Leadership – Alpha Epsilon Pi prides itself on bringing out the best in all of its members. Pledges and brothers set personal goals for themselves and are responsible for working towards these goals. Whether it is good grades, succeeding in a leadership position, or learning a new language we push our members to excel in every way. Our brothers learn to lead here and run many student organizations or serve on student government or councils as a result of this experience.

Networking – Our vast alumni network allows for easier co-op placement and many job opportunities after college. No matter what your major we can help you get the job.

 

I’ve heard lots of bad things about fraternities, I’m still not sure if it’s the right choice for my son.

There are a lot of stereotypes about fraternities and Greek life in general. Alcohol, drugs, hazing, and more are sensationalized in the media and in TV shows. This is not how it works at Alpha Epsilon Pi. I encourage anyone with concerns to contact me personally and I can arrange to show you around the house, introduce you to some other members, or just discuss on the phone more detail about the fraternity and what it is really like – not what the media uses to sell stories. If you’d prefer I can put you on the phone with any of our Mothers – they all think it’s the best thing that has ever happened to any of us.

 

Please take a look below at some of the statistics of Fraternities and Sororities to help decide if Greek Life is the correct choice for you.
  • Greeks make up 3% of the population in the US
  • All but two US Presidents since 1825 have been fraternity men.
  • Over 75% of US Congress members were in fraternities or sororities
  • Over 85% of Fortune 500 executives are Greek
  • 76% of the US Senate is Greek
  • More than 7 million men and women in the US and Canada are Greek
  • 71% of Greeks graduate while only 50% of Non-Greeks graduate from college
  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greeks
  • Since 1910, 85% of Supreme Court Justices have been Greek
  • Three Canadian Prime Ministers have been Greek
  • Over 85% of the student leaders on 730 college campuses are members of the Greek Community
  • There are more than 7,000 chapters at over 800 campuses in the United States and Canada with over 500,000 undergraduate members
  • The entire Greek-letter system has over 20,000 chapters
  • Seven out of ten people listed in “Who’s Who in America” are Greek
  • 63% of all Cabinet members since the year 1900 have been Greek
  • The overall Greek GPA is higher than the overall collegiate GPA in the US
  • Both women elected to the Supreme Court were in a sorority
  • Each fraternity and sorority host at least one philanthropy a year