The following is a list of questions that are often asked about our fraternity and our pledging program:
Q: How much does it cost?
Pledging Semester (approximately) :
$225.00 Initiation Fee (one time)
$60.00 Insurance Fee/semester
$12.00 University Dues
TBD Chapter Dues
$120.00 Insurance Fee
$12.00 University Dues
Chapter Dues ($173 if both semesters are
of these costs can be offset by $100,000 in scholarships
that are offered each year by the Beta Theta Pi Foundation
and more than $3000 in scholarships offered each year by
donors to our Capitol
Fundraising Initiative. One in three who apply
Q: How much time do I need to commit?
It depends on your role with the
Fraternity. If you are chapter president, vice president,
etc., you will have different responsibilities than a
committee member. Either way, your responsibilities will
require at least four hours per week the first year. If you
choose to play on intramural teams and get involved in
community service projects, the time will obviously
"The more time you put into the organization, the more
you will get out of it."
Q: Do you offer any scholarships after joining?
Annual scholarship funds have been
established by Chapter alumni through a special ongoing
Capital Fundraising Initiative. Up to $4,000 — divided into
$250 and $500 scholarships — is slated for distribution to
undergraduate members this school year.
More scholarship opportunities exist through
the General Fraternity.
Q: What about "Hazing?"
Some fraternities like to "haze"
their pledges. We do not tolerate any behavior that may be
considered hazing of our new members. Our official policy:
No chapter shall engage in hazing
activities. Hazing activities are defined as: "Any
action taken or situation created intentionally, whether
on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or
physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or
ridicule. Such activities may include, but are not
limited to, the following: use of alcohol; paddling in
any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and
psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger
hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried
on outside or inside the confines of the chapter house;
wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not
normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts;
morally degrading or humiliating games and activities;
and any other activities which are not consistent with
fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and
policies of the educational institution."
Our 100% positive pledging program is
certified each year by Beta Theta Pi. We believe the
pledging period should be a time of personal development and
a time to build the bonds of brotherhood.
Q: What is different about being a Beta
compared to other fraternities?
Beta is not a four-year commitment;
it is a for life commitment. We believe in the creed: "Once
a Beta, always a Beta, everywhere a Beta."
Q: What opportunities are available for
Within the chapter - chapter officer
positions, committee chairs and inter-fraternity
representative positions. Within
Beta Theta Pi
– The Institute for Men of Principle, Beta Wilderness
Challenge, Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute (UIFI),
the Leadership College at the General Convention and
regional leadership conferences. Our fraternity also
actively encourages our members to participate in all of the
leadership programs offered by the
Q: What support does the chapter receive from
the General Fraternity?
The chapter has a full advisory team
consisting of a chapter counselor, risk management advisor,
financial advisor, pledge education advisor and recruitment
advisor. These advisors have completed General Fraternity
advisor training and will support the chapter as mentors and
advisors. In addition to receiving support from local
advisors, the chapter receives
on-site assistance from a leadership
consultant and district chief who make
frequent visits throughout the year.
Q: Are Brothers involved on campus?
Absolutely. It is an expectation that
everyone in the fraternity is involved in at least
one other campus organization. We also expect each member to
complete at least 20 hours of community service each year.
We feel it is unhealthy for a person’s development to commit
only to one organization. Experience is the spice of life.
Q: What are the advantages of joining now, as
opposed to next year?
If you can manage your time wisely
and commit yourself to your academics and extracurricular
activities, the fraternity experience should not be a
problem to balance. Shape your habits and they will shape
you. Why would you want to put off a life changing
experience? Ultimately, we hope you consider membership when
you are ready.
Q: Fraternities have a bad name, which is why I
didn't join to begin with. How will I not be associated with
Fraternities are very idealistic in
nature. We strive to battle the stereotypes and
misconceptions on a daily basis. We find once people/the
community, give us a chance, they realize we are a great
group of upstanding men. We are acutely aware that the
actions of one can bring down the reputation of the whole.
We have good accountability measures in place when things
get on the wrong path. We believe our reputation is our most
valuable asset and we work very hard to have great
relationships with everyone with whom we come into contact.
Q: What is the social life like?
Different strokes for different
folks. We have brothers who choose not to drink. We have
brothers who go out three times a week. We preach balance,
moderation and personal responsibility to everyone in social
settings. From a chapter- programming standpoint, we
organize several social events with sororities and other
campus organizations. Beta Theta Pi is a men’s social
fraternity, but we also understand that leadership,
academics and community service go hand-in-hand with this
Our house is currently the only
social fraternity house at CMU that is alcohol and tobacco
Your can read more about our Risk Management
Q: What is The Men of Principle Initiative?
The Men of Principle Initiative is a
broad-based support mechanism that was created to help
chapters strive to reach the vision of the Fraternity
through the nine goals of the Initiative. It is not a
cookie-cutter program, but instead challenges chapters and
colonies to set their own goals that are realistic,
manageable and attainable. The Men of Principle initiative
encourages chapters to improve continually by setting goals
and holding themselves accountable to reach those goals. It
serves as an opportunity to live up to the founding
principles of the organization.
Q: I am not sure I like the image of "Frat
We don't either. We are
friends, scholars, leaders, athletes, and gentlemen. We are
committed to making a positive contribution to the
university and to making our families and alumni proud. We
do not like the "fratastic" "Animal House" image some
individuals portray. We pride ourselves in being different
and committed to the founding ideals of our Fraternity.