Why would I want to join a fraternity?
For many young men, joining a fraternity completes their undergraduate
experience. It offers brotherhood, an abstract ideal that means friendship and
fellowship. Phi Kappa Psi is a group of college men who have, by their own
choice, banded themselves together as brothers for life. Together, Phi Psis
are guided by the Phi Psi Creed,
laws, rituals, the Phi Psi Idea,
and traditions of the Fraternity. In the process of "building men,"
fraternity members benefit not only themselves, but also their alma maters and
their communities. There are many reasons why fraternities came into existence
and why they continue to attract quality members today.
Why Phi Psi?
Individual brothers have different reasons why Phi Psi attracted them to
join. Some were driven by the bond between members, some sought lifelong
friendships, but all agree that joining changed their lives. Over five hundred
young men have decided to become a part of Phi Kappa Psi at the University of
Alabama, and over 100,000 nationwide have seen the opportunities Phi Psi
offers. We provide a unique alternative to the other fraternities on campus.
Our strong National Values, emphasis on Excellence, and Gentlemanly Conduct
offer more to individuals than just the social aspect.
What more could a fraternity offer?
- Common Interests and Ideals:
Human beings naturally seek the companionship of others with similar
interests and ideals. There are simply too many students on most campuses
for you to make every one of them a friend. Instead, individual units or
social groups will arise. Each group will have its own ideals and purposes
and will attract people with similar ideals. The formation of American
college fraternities was brought about because their founders realized the
value of an association between men of like ideals. Their purposes were
specifically set forth, but only for the information of the initiated.
- Classroom Supplement:
College, by its very nature, emphasizes mental and intellectual
training. An academic program, however, is only a part of the educational
process. Fraternities complement classroom instruction with a variety of
experiences which can contribute significantly to the mental, physical,
and spiritual growth of their members.
- Common Bond:
You may find Phi Psi's formal expression of high aspirations not only
inspiring, but also an uplifting and wholesome stimulus. The bonds of
brotherhood created through stated ideals bring together young men from
every section of the country, from every stratum of society, and from
every economic level, so that former strangers, now brothers in Phi Kappa
Psi, share a common bond.
- Life-long Friendships:
The close friendships that you form during your college days will likely
become one of your most valuable assets later on, since such relationships
often turn into life-long friendships. The men in your chapter will often
be those who stand with you at your wedding, come to your aid in times of
need, or counsel you when you are in a crisis. These bonds are rarely
generated by college organizations other than fraternities.
- Personal Success:
Phi Psi will encourage your success both by supporting your personal
growth and development and by fostering helpful relationships between you
and your chapter's alumni. Nationally, members of fraternities are more
likely than students not involved in undergraduate organizations to
continue their education to graduation, be more satisfied with their
undergraduate experience, develop stronger loyalties to their colleges or
universities, and donate back to the college later in life.
Are you interested and would like to learn more?