Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Alpha Phi Alpha

Supporting your student's journey through membership


Suggestions for assisting your student with the transition 

  • Be happy and supportive with your student’s choice to join a fraternity or sorority and the organization that he/she chooses.
  • Remember that this is your student’s choice, and he/she should choose the chapter that feels right, regardless of legacies or family history.
  • Encourage your student to attend programs sponsored by the Office of Studnet Leadership and Engagement and other campus offices.
  • Know the names and phone numbers of the chapter president, new member educator, big brother/big sister and the chapter advisor.
  • Ask for details about the financial aspects of membership. Each chapter governs its finances individually. If you are paying, you deserve to know. Many one-time fees are paid in the first semester, so expect the first semester to be the most expensive.
  • Initiation is an important time for the new members. Be supportive and respectful of your student during this time. New member programs can range from one day to a full semester. However, most programs are six to eight weeks. Initiation dates are public to the new members, so please ask your student when initiation will occur.
  • Talk with your student! Phone calls, e-mails, letters and care packages are always appreciated.
  • Expect to see new T-shirts, photos and other Greek paraphernalia.
  • Encourage your student to be a part of the College community and take advantage of our numerous resources.

Advantages to Membership 

  • A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.
  • Minimum standards for membership that promote accountability and responsibility.
  • Resources to help students achieve their academic goals.
  • Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experiences and participation.
  • Active participation in meaningful service projects and opportunities to help others.
  • Valuable interaction with alumni and advisors who are professionals that volunteer their time and talent to help guide chapter operations.


Consider asking the following questions before your student joins: 

  • What is expected of fraternity/sorority members?
  • How will membership impact your student's academics?
  • What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and active members?
  • Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often?
  • What are the expenses associated with membership? How does this vary as a new member?
  • What type of member is the chapter looking for?
  • What values does this organization promote?
  • Is the organization officially recognized by the University?
  • What is the time commitment?


How can I be involved? 

  • Attend events hosted by the chapter this could be a philanthropy event, community service, parents and family events, homecoming weekend, etc. 
  • The chapter may send out newsletters ask about joining the mailing list if possible
  • Often times chapters will have raffles, bake sales, ticket sales, etc., to raise money for various philanthropic partners, local and national organizations, and even on-campus organizations. You may donate or help to reach out to other friends and family members to donate! 
  • You might also be asked to help decorate, plan, or assist in different events