Introduction To Fraternity Life At Texas A&M University

With classes now in full swing for the fall semester, many new and returning students are trying to find ways to get involved outside of their classes.

For many students, this involves exploring fraternities and sororities and meeting others to hear about their experiences and interest in Greek life.

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 the role that fraternities play in campus life at Texas A&M University, here’s a rundown of some common questions we hear from TAMU students.

Are fraternities popular at Texas A&M?

Yes, fraternities are popular at Texas A&M.

The average fraternity at TAMU has 88 members, which is smaller than the average sorority chapter, but there are more fraternities on campus for students to choose from.

Although not many fraternities have official houses, the network of fraternities can seem more disconnected than the sororities, more of which have homes on campus.

What percent of TAMU students participate in fraternities?

As of the spring 2022 semester, over 5,700 Texas A&M University undergraduates are participating in Greek life.

This accounts for about 11% of all undergraduate students, making Greek organizations one of the most significant extracurricular activities on campus at TAMU, along with athletics.

Five thousand seven hundred Texas A&M University undergraduates are members of Greek organizations as of the spring 2022 semester.

What are the benefits of being in a fraternity at Texas A&M?

The Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University publicizes five primary benefits of joining a fraternity at TAMU.

The first is friendship and brotherhood. Since fraternities are primarily social organizations, the driver for many students to join is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among members of the same fraternity.

The second benefit is academics, as students who participate in Greek life graduate at higher rates than non-Greeks. In a university report, TAMU reports on the grade point averages of fraternity members each year.

The third benefit of joining a fraternity at TAMU is leadership. Since many students take on additional responsibilities on-campus to support their fraternity, members gain different leadership skills to help their coursework.

The fourth benefit is community service since many fraternities participate in service programs throughout the year to support Greek life, their fraternity, and the TAMU community.

The final benefit of the Division of Student Affairs is career networking, as fraternities often introduce current students to TAMU alumni from within their fraternity, exposing them to future opportunities beyond graduation.

How many fraternities are there at TAMU?

There are 20 fraternities at Texas A&M University.

Most of these fraternities  – 17 in total  – comprise the Texas A&M University Interfraternity Council (IFC), one of four governing councils at TAMU that oversee Greek life at the university.

The fraternities that make up the Texas A&M University Interfraternity Council are:

  1. Alpha Gamma Rho
  2. Alpha Tau Omega
  3. Alpha Sigma Phi
  4. Beta Theta Pi
  5. Delta Sigma Phi
  6. Delta Tau Delta
  7. FarmHouse
  8. Kappa Alpha Order
  9. Kappa Sigma
  10. Lambda Chi Alpha
  11. Phi Delta Theta
  12. Phi Kappa Psi
  13. Pi Kappa Alpha
  14. Pi Kappa Phi
  15. Sigma Alpha Mu
  16. Sigma Chi
  17. Theta Chi

The remaining three fraternities are part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which governs historically black fraternities and sororities on campus at TAMU.

The three fraternities within the NPHC are:

  1. Alpha Phi Alpha
  2. Kappa Alpha Psi
  3. Omega Psi Psi

The other governing councils at TAMU are:

  1. Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC)
  2. Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

Fraternity members spend 2 to 8 hours weekly on fraternity-related activities. These activities include community service projects, event planning, and weekly meetings.

When does the fraternity rush begin at Texas A&M?

Fraternities at Texas A&M University host their rush – or recruitment – at the beginning of each semester.

Each fraternity sets its schedule of events, but they often occur on the same days as other fraternities.

Potential members must narrow their search in advance and plan which events to attend with each fraternity during the week-long series of events.

These often include social events at activities – some at the members’ residences and others at places around College Station.

The week ends with Bid Day when prospective members are offered a bid to join a fraternity.

How much does it cost to join a fraternity at TAMU?

Students participating in a fraternity at Texas A&M University can expect to pay at least a couple hundred each semester for their fraternities, not including housing expenses.

While costs vary by the individual fraternity, members can expect to pay the following chapter expenses:

  1. New Member/Initiation Fees
  2. Chapter Dues
  3. National Chapter Dues
  4. Social Fees
  5. Room & Board (if the chapter is housed)
  6. Parlor Fee (if the chapter has a facility utilized by the membership)

In addition to these dues and fees, many students also have additional costs for social events hosted by their fraternity throughout the year.

Do fraternities have their own houses at Texas A&M?

Yes, some fraternities at Texas A&M University have their own house, but most do not.

The area known as “fraternity row” at TAMU only has two fraternity houses, and a third is located near sorority row.

Some fraternities may have unofficial places off-campus where most members live, but they are not in a designated space like some other colleges and universities.

Typically fraternity members will spend their second and third years living in a house together and then move to another house or off-campus apartment for their fourth year.

This helps ensure the house has space for all members to have the chance to live with their brothers during their time at Texas A&M University.

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Other housing options at Texas A&M University

Many students looking for housing during their first or fourth year at Texas A&M University call Northpoint Crossing their home when they are not living in their Greek house.

Northpoint Crossing is a student apartment community within walking distance of campus and offers a range of floor plans with a full suite of resident offerings. Located at 1501 Northpoint Lane, Northpoint Crossing offers fully furnished one to four-bedroom apartments specifically designed for Texas A&M University students.

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