Frequently Asked Questions About Joining Beta

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The following is a list of questions that are often asked about our fraternity and our pledging program:

Q: How much does it cost?  

A:   Pledging Semester (approximately) :

$203.00 Pledge Fee (one-time)
$225.00 Initiation Fee (one time)
$60.00 Insurance Fee/semester
$12.00 University Dues
TBD Chapter Dues

Every semester thereafter (approximately):

$62.50 General Fraternity Dues
$120.00 Insurance Fee
$7.50 Heritage Fee
$12.00 University Dues
$198 Chapter Dues ($173 if both semesters are paid up-front)

Some 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 receive scholarships!!

Q: How much time do I need to commit?

A: 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 increase.

"The more time you put into the organization, the more you will get out of it."

Q: Do you offer any scholarships after joining?

A: Yes. 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?"

A: 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?

A: 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 leadership development?

A: 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 CMU Leadership Institute.

Q: What support does the chapter receive from the General Fraternity?

A: 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?

A: 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?

A: 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 those stereotypes?

A: 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?

A: 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 idea.

Our house is currently the only social fraternity house at CMU that is alcohol and tobacco free.

Your can read more about our Risk Management Policy here.

Q: What is The Men of Principle Initiative?

A: 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 Guys?"

A: 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.


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Last updated: May 08, 2014

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