FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can my son benefit from fraternity membership?
Absolutely, through the following ways:
He will have a group of supportive friends to help him make the adjustment to college and be his friends for life.
He will be offered scholastic resources to help him achieve his academic goals.
He will be taught leadership skills and offered hands-on opportunities to practice those skills, especially through our unique Delt "Road" program.
He will be actively encouraged to get involved on campus and in the community.
He will be taught the importance of the giving of oneself through participation in community service projects.
He will be exposed to career opportunities through interaction with fraternity alumni and older active members.
Should I be concerned about my son’s grades and the impact fraternity membership would have on them?
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Fraternities assist in that transition by offering scholarship programs which might include study partners, study hours and time management workshops. Your son will have access to the network of Fraternity members who already know how to use campus resources such as the library, career centers, computer labs and academic advisors. Numerous brothers are New Student Advisors (NSAs), tutors, and members of prestigious honor societies on campus. Delts consistently rank in the top fraternity GPAs at UCLA. In Spring 2017, half of our actives achieved GPAs exceeding 3.50.
Being in a fraternity sounds like it takes a lot of time. Does it?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of time. A research initiative has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their college experience. While some brothers, especially those in board positions, are more involved in the house than others, brothers find plenty of time to join an array of campus organizations beyond Delta Tau Delta. Our brotherhood acts as a launchpad into other organizations, as opposed to a box. We envision our brothers getting involved in more programs as opposed to just joining our house. We strive to support members balancing their diverse interests and pursuits.
Doesn’t it cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity?
Each fraternity is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, expenses will include chapter dues and annual Fraternity dues. If your son lives in the Delt Shelter, you will find lodging and meals to be competitive with other housing options. Delt housing is an especially great option for members who need more flexibility for studying abroad, graduating early, etc. than most apartment, fraternity and dorm options in competitive Westwood can provide. A variety of payment plans are typically offered. In the end, living in our fraternity actually saves the brothers tons of money on housing, effectively negating the cost of years of membership. In addition to cheaper rent than the rest of the neighborhood, brothers living in pay significantly less in dues.
How does my son join a fraternity?
Fraternities organize a recruitment process of meeting people and making friends. The recruitment process offers your son an opportunity to meet other people on campus and learn what each fraternity has to offer its members.
Every fraternity has its own unique programs and strengths, yet all are primarily based on the development of character, social skills, friendship, service to humanity and academic skills. Just as in researching, visiting and choosing a college, your son should choose the fraternity that best fits his personality and needs. He will find that there is a place for everyone; that right choice will manifest in great personal growth.
What about pledging or hazing?
Delta Tau Delta opposes hazing and is committed to a membership education period that teaches responsibility and commitment to new members. New fraternity members typically experience a period of orientation. During this time your son and the other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the Fraternity, including leadership development opportunities, community service projects and activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the older fraternity members.
What is alcohol use really like in the fraternity?
Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with Delt ideals. All Delts are expected to uphold state, county, and university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. Many fraternities are leading the way on college campuses in the effort to combat alcohol by implementing innovative abuse prevention initiatives. Your son will face many personal choices regarding alcohol use in college. Regardless of whether he joins a fraternity, he is responsible for his choices.
Who's actually in charge of the fraternity?
Undergraduate fraternity officers manage the day-to-day operations of the organization at the campus level. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. Chapters are also part of a international fraternal organization that offers support, advice and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional staff from the college or university also assist and monitor the activities of fraternities.