Phi Kappa Psi
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Why Phi Psi?


VALUES AND RESPONSIBILITY

When we come to college, our habits are not completely crystallized. We face four years that will shape our thought process and actions for the rest of our lives. The oath Phi Psis take to the Fraternity's basic principles of honor, truth and service to others influence these patterns for the rest of their lives. Phi Psi chapters utilize their collective influence to hold themselves to being men of excellence who behave responsibly. This means that Phi Psi chapters don't haze their new members, they obey the law, they act in a manner that brings honor not just to themselves but to Phi Psis everywhere, they treat women with respect and they protect those who cannot defend themselves. Holding yourself to a higher standard can be what separates you from the pack during and after college.


NETWORKING

After graduation, networking will play a key role in job searches and future employment opportunities. During their years spent in the chapter, Phi Kappa Psi members develop their interpersonal skills by interacting with the diverse members of their chapter and practicing recruitment of qualified men. Strong chapters exert a positive influence over members to hold themselves to gentlemanly behavior at all times, thus better preparing their social poise for life after college. Additionally, Phi Kappa Psi offers members an instant network of over 70,000 living members with similar ideals and values. Regional Alumni Associations keep members connected and many loyal Phi Psis continue to attend national events for years after graduation.


BROTHERHOOD

Phi Psi often provides members with a home away from home. Members have a group of diverse brothers there to pick them up when they are down, support them when they need it and guide them when they stray from the course. Nothing can duplicate the bonds of brotherhood during and after college.


LEADERSHIP

Chapters of Phi Psi offer members the opportunity to step into officer leadership roles, often seeing to the needs and coordinating the actions of 50+ people. On the committee level of Phi Psi, members learn to cooperate in groups and work together to solve problems. In addition, the National Fraternity offers members several annual leadership schools and on site leadership retreats to develop all our member's skills. Phi Psis have the potential to step out of college with a leg up on the competition in terms of leadership capability.


ACADEMICS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Phi Kappa Psi is committed to the academic success of its members; in fact it is our top priority. We exist to compliment and support the academic experience of each member of Phi Kappa Psi. On many campuses across the country, Phi Kappa Psi ranks among the top groups in GPA. Many chapters have scholarship programs that include minimum GPA requirements, study support systems, study and time management workshops, incentives for improvement and excellence in academics, and general guidance in academic success. Nothing can come close to the value of an older chapter brother there to guide you through the toughest of scholastic challenges.

Furthermore, the Phi Kappa Psi foundation supports members academically by annually offering over $350,000 in scholarships and grants to members of the Fraternity.


LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS

Upon joining Phi Kappa Psi, members form lifelong bonds that never die. The oath Phi Psis take will forever keep them connected in spirit. Many members utilize national Phi Kappa Psi events as opportunities to see their old friends whom they were so close with in college. Now, with online networking tools like Phi Psi Experience, keeping in touch with brothers is easier than ever.


DEDICATION AND LOYALTY

Phi Kappa Psi does not work without a strong commitment from our members. Any member can tell you that, just like in life in general, you will only get out of Phi Psi what you put in. This dedication will carry throughout life for many Phi Psis. Also, your undergrad experience will be enhanced such that you will be more likely to return to campus for homecoming, to meet with old friends and meet the new, young Phi Psis, years down the road.


BUSINESS SKILLS

All of the above mentioned attributes, particularly time management skills from scholastic training, networking, loyalty and leadership are highly valued by businesses searching new employees. As previously mentioned so many times, Phi Psis graduate with a leg up on the competition.


What Makes Phi Psi Unique?


Many fraternities hold similar ideals and values and everyone can agree we are all in the business of building better men. However, every group is distinct, here are some ways Phi Kappa Psi has set itself apart the pack.


A "NATIONAL FRATERNITY"

Phi Kappa Psi was founded as an organization based on a certain ideal with the intent of expansion to campuses across the nation, making it one of the first national fraternities. Almost every other men's college fraternity was founded as a local club and later determined that growth was beneficial.


A FRATERNITY WITHIN

The Order of the S.C. recognizes our most loyal alumni. It is a secret organization within the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity whose initiates must have attended at least seven biennial conventions. Members of the Order wear a special badge of recognition and honor and hold a special dinner and initiation at each Grand Arch Council.


LIFETIME ACTIVITY

While many fraternities require annual dues or donations for members to remain on mailing lists or receive the national magazine, Phi Kappa Psi does not. The undergraduate initiation fee includes the badge of the Fraternity, and a lifetime subscription to our magazine, The Shield and our online networking site, Phi Psi Experience. Phi Kappa Psi encourages and appreciates donations, and our alumni have proved to be very generous, however they are not necessary to continue to enjoy the benefits of membership in Phi Kappa Psi.


UNDERGRADUATE CONTROL

The government of Phi Kappa Psi provides for an undergraduate majority at every level. Our Grand Arch Council (biennial convention), the supreme governing body of Phi Kappa Psi, has delegates from all chapters and alumni associates. Undergraduates control this vote by roughly 60%. Furthermore, our Executive Council is made up of 6 undergraduate representative and 4 alumni. No matter of significance to the fraternity is decided upon without a majority vote by undergraduates.


APPRECIATION OF DIVERSITY

The Ritual of Phi Kappa Psi is based on universal values and ideals, rather than those of any specific religion. We look for quality individuals who want to create a tradition of excellence.


For Our Parents


A GREAT DECISION

Though you may have been exposed to negative stereotypes of fraternities, joining a Greek organization is one of the best decisions your son can make during his college years. Over 150 years ago, our founders laid the basic principles and values of an organization that complimented our college education by giving back to our communities; the best way to put an education to use.

As a Phi Psi, your son will learn how to lead and compromise within a group while serving on committees and in chapter meetings and to hone those skills, he will have access to Phi Kappa Psi’s leadership schools held annually across the country. He will discover “The Great Joy of Serving Others” through Phi Psis numerous service initiatives and dedication to our communities. He'll be given the tools and confidence to strive for high grades through our chapter scholarship programs and rewarded through our Foundation's numerous grants and scholarships. The chapter atmosphere will promote diversity in your son's life and encourage him to join other groups on campus to better himself. Perhaps most importantly, he'll have a network of over 70,000 brothers across the world to help and mentor him through every stage of his life.

The phrase "helicopter parent" is overdramatic, but parents are clearly more involved in the decisions their sons make today than in the past. Our goal is to help you understand Phi Kappa Psi and all of its benefits, while letting you know about our risk management policies and the expectations we hold for every member of the Fraternity. If you have questions about your son joining Phi Kappa Psi, contact the Headquarters at 1-800-486-1852.


PARENT’S FAQ

Will my son’s experience be like that of movies like “Animal House” and “Beta House”?

Unfortunately movies like these have given fraternity members a bad rap as irresponsible, reckless and foolish. In reality, men of fraternities like Phi Kappa Psi are part of values based organizations who commit themselves to their growth as individuals through academic achievement, leadership experiences, diversified networks and community involvement. Phi Psis believe there is no better compliment to a college education than philanthropic participation in our communities.


I don’t want my son’s grades to hurt; will the time he invests in the fraternity hinder his achievement?

Phi Kappa Psi places great value on the academic success of our members, in fact it is one of our top priorities, after all academics is the reason our members are in college in the first place. Time management can be an issue for many students, especially when making the transition into college. Phi Kappa Psi chapters include a Scholarship Committee which oversees, encourages and monitors the academic attainment of its members. Nothing compares to the value of having an experienced upperclassmen, with a working knowledge of managing his time and the resources offered by the school like the library, computer labs and career centers, there to support and guide your son’s scholastic success. Many of our chapter’s scholarship programs include study buddy programs, quiet hours in the chapter house, time management workshops, study hours for all members, and incentive programs. While our chapters offer many resources and means for higher achievement, it is ultimately up to your son to take advantage of them.

Furthermore, the time invested into the fraternity is up to the individual. No member is ever asked to place the fraternity above his own personal priorities like work, school or relationships. However, the time your son puts into the fraternity will ultimately reflect what he gets out of the experience. For example, he may learn more about the practice of accounting by becoming a chapter treasurer than he would in the classroom alone. Recent studies have shown students who get involved are more likely to graduate and report higher enjoyment with their college experience. By participating in the life of his chapter, your son will learn to balance his time, a priceless skill after college.


What about hazing and what’s this Ritual all about?

Phi Kappa Psi opposes hazing in any form and the National Fraternity swiftly acts on any and all reports of it. Phi Kappa Psi supports a New Member Education period that introduces new members to the fraternity, teaches them basic study and leadership skills necessary to collegiate success, educates the members in the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and provides safe activities for new and older members to bond with each other.

The word “ritual” is often associated with sacrificial scenes from movies, when in fact it is nothing more than a confirmation of our beliefs in the presence of our brothers. The Ritual of Phi Kappa Psi is a members only event where the values and ideals of our fraternity are explained and new members commit themselves to these values and ideals for life.


Will it cost a lot of money?

Phi Kappa Psis fees and premiums are in line with most other fraternities across the country. When your son becomes a new member a one time $50 fee is assessed for a new member pin and a manual of Phi Kappa Psi. Upon initiation into the fraternity a $250 one time fee is assessed for a lifetime subscription to our National Magazine, a badge of membership, access to our members only networking site, a certificate of membership and a card of membership. After that, every chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is supported by the dues of their members, thus every chapter is different; expenses include insurance, chapter service fees and, if housing is offered, competitive housing and meal plans.


Who’s in charge of the group?

Chapters of Phi Kappa Psi are governed by the undergraduate members. However, alumni advisory committees made up of dedicated local alumni members stand by to guide chapters along the way and keep an eye on their activities. The National Fraternity offers advice, guidance and programming through a paid staff that makes yearly visits to all their chapters. Furthermore, most schools offer a professional staff to monitor and guide the group as well.


How does my son go about joining a Fraternity and which is the best for him?

Many campuses organize a recruitment process for students to learn about the fraternities on their campus. Most chapters of Phi Kappa Psi are always open to meeting new members and are happy to speak with anyone interested in Greek Life. Remember that just like a search for college, your son must find a fraternity that suites his personality and needs. Every group has different strengths and weaknesses, do not be afraid to ask questions about chapters to find the right one.


Alumni Associations


JOIN PHI PSI ALL OVER AGAIN

Being an alumnus is hard work. You made some of the best friends of your life in your chapter, but it's tough to stay in touch, what with your job, your family, and all of the responsibilities that come with daily life. You might think that your Fraternity isn't all that relevant to you today. Think again. Phi Psi's Alumni Associations are a great way to reinvolve yourself with the Fraternity and men from around the country who share the same sense of self-betterment and service to the community. Our Alumni Associations are located across the United States, so there's a pretty good chance there's one nearby. Alumni Association events come in many forms: some are official business meetings, some are happy hours and some are designed with the whole family in mind. You can find an Alumni Association near you with our Chapter Locator.

Even if there's not an association near you, we've made it easy to start one up. Contact Headquarters at 1-800-486-1852 to learn more about starting your own Alumni Association,


Lifetime Rewards


PHI PSI FOR LIFE

One of the great things about fraternity life is that, for all of the fun and the friendships you make as an undergraduate, you're joining your organization for life. With Phi Psi, the rewards of your membership grow throughout your lifetime. As a young alum, there's a good chance that you'll move away from your campus and even your hometown. It can be difficult to find a support structure, but with 70,000 brothers across the globe, you're never far from a brother. From networking to just having someone to talk to, Phi Psi will be there.

When you start a family, you make a huge commitment that can sometimes push other interests to the side. The Fraternity's Alumni Associations can help you stay involved with Phi Psi without falling behind on your other responsibilities. You'll get to stay in touch with local Phi Psis, enjoy various events for all ages and even attend National events, where the sense of Brotherhood that is a hallmark of our organization shines brightest.

As you get toward and beyond retirement, Phi Psi can become a place to pass on your wisdom. Some of our most committed members have been of retirement age, and have given of their time, talent and treasures to keep Phi Psi a premier Fraternity.

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