For many new students, this includes learning more about Greek life and the impact it can have on one’s time in college.
Greek life is new to many incoming first-year students and a source of anxiety for students trying to find their way through college. To help understand fraternities’ role in campus life at Colorado State University, here’s a rundown on some common questions we hear from CSU students.
Are fraternities popular at CSU?
Yes, fraternities are very popular at Colorado State University. Undergraduates have nearly three dozen fraternities to choose from if interested in joining Greek life, and chapters have representation with Colorado State University through the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
What are the benefits of being in a fraternity at CSU?
The benefits of joining a fraternity at Colorado State University vary depending on the type of fraternity. Some fraternities are professional organizations supporting specific career ambitions, while others offer representation for racial and ethnic student groups. Still, all fraternity options serve as social organizations so most members see the primary benefit as finding like-minded friends during college. Another benefit is academic support since most fraternities have grade point average requirements to join and maintain membership. The final major benefit is service. Greek chapters are known for their philanthropic efforts, and the fraternities and sororities at Colorado State host fundraisers and philanthropic events throughout the year for causes their chapter supports.
How many fraternities are there at CSU?
Colorado State University has 34 fraternities, including both traditional Greek, academic, and multicultural chapters on-campus. Greek chapters at Colorado are governed by one of five governing councils, which coordinate Greek activities and serve as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university.
Four councils govern fraternity life at CSU: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Professional Fraternity Council (PFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). The fifth council, the Panhellenic Association (PA) is specific to sororities on campus.
The Interfraternity Council oversees most traditional Greek fraternities on-campus and has the most chapters within its council. The 21 fraternities within the Interfraternity Council are:
- Alpha Epsilon Pi
- Alpha Gamma Rho
- Alpha Sigma Phi
- Alpha Tau Omega
- Delta Chi
- Delta Tau Delta
- Farmhouse Fraternity
- Kappa Sigma
- Nu Alpha Kappa
- Phi Delta Theta
- Phi Gamma Delta
- Phi Kappa Tau
- Phi Kappa Theta
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Sigma Nu
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Sigma Pi
- Sigma Tau Gamma
- Theta Chi
- Triangle Fraternity
The Professional Fraternity Council supports both fraternities and sororities at CSU that have a processional focus to the organization. The three fraternities within the PFC are:
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
- Phi Sigma Pi
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs historically black sororities and fraternities across the country. There are five active NPHC fraternities at Colorado State University:
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Omega Psi Phi
- Phi Beta Sigma
- Iota Phi Theta
The Multicultural Greek Council governs fraternities and sororities for underrepresented students of specific racial, ethnic, or social backgrounds. There are five fraternities within the MGC:
- Beta Gamma Nu
- Gamma Zeta Alpha
- Lambda Sigma Upsilon
- Nu Alpha Kappa
- Sigma Lambda Beta
When does fraternity rush begin at CSU?
The rush process to join a fraternity, also known as recruitment, is overseen by the governing councils, with each council having a different process. The Interfraternity Council hosts both a spring and fall recruitment week at the start of each semester, although the fall semester tends to be the larger of the two periods. The recruitment process is a weeklong series of events, mostly social events, to meet current members and for prospective new members to understand the differences between each of the chapters. The process ends with a Bid Day, when prospective new members are offered a bid to join, although not all students who participate in rush will receive a bid.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity at CSU?
Fraternity members at Colorado State University can expect to pay the following costs to join and maintain an active membership within their fraternity. These are the standard dues and fees to be a member but do not include additional out-of-pocket expenses for social events, including formals, off-campus outings, and socials with other Greek chapters.
- New Member Dues (first semester)
- Average: $525
- Range: $200 – $800
- Chapter Dues (per semester)
- Average: $530
- Range: $300 – $780
- Chapter House Rent (per semester if applicable)
- Average: $3,136
- Range: $1,800 – $4,200
Do fraternities have their own houses at CSU?
Some fraternities at Colorado State University have their own houses. Only chapters that are part of the Interfraternity Council have official houses, although many have unofficial residences where groups of members live together in a rented house or off-campus apartment. Fraternities with their own house at CSU have different live-in requirements, to ensure that all members have a chance to live in the house during their time at Colorado State. It’s usually that case that second and third year students are either required or given the option to live in the house, with first year students living in their on-campus dorms and fourth-year students living in off-campus housing.
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