Not the frat type? We find that many incoming freshmen confuse fraternity life with the college party stereotype we see in movies. Consequently, when we ask freshmen if they have ever thought about joining a fraternity they say that they don't think of themselves as the "frat type." This response was actually not uncommon among many of our current members when they first came to Iowa State. After they learned more about our chapter and got to know some of the guys they found out that it was a great environment to help them succeed and better enjoy college. One must keep in mind that the Greek Community itself at Iowa State is unique and exceptional; it is often rated as being one of the best greek communities in the nation. The Interfraternity Council at Iowa State was won the Jellison Award as the Best Interfraternity Council in the Midwest four years running now. We encourage you to look over more of this site and hopefully you will find that being a part of a fraternity is not about partying away your education.
A Letter from Gregory Geoffroy, Former President of Iowa State University
As a fraternity alumnus, I believe you should consider membership in a fraternity or sorority at Iowa State University. Our Greek community is more than 125 years old and plays an important role in campus life. More than 13% of ISU students have chosen to join one of the many fraternity and sorority chapters; perhaps one of them is right for you!
We are proud of our Greek community. ISU Greek students are active and involved members of the University and the Ames community. Greek chapters organize a variety of public service projects and activities that benefit the University, the community, and the state in important philanthropic ways. And Greek students are leaders, holding key positions in many campus organizations. Indeed, when I think about major student organizations and advisory councils, I realize that Greek members are disproportionately represented in such leadership positions. These leadership opportunities are an important part of your personal and professional development.
Recruitment provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Greek community, to explore its advantages, and to determine if being a Greek is appropriate for you. I urge you to take advantage of this time, to visit several chapter houses, to meet with the students, to ask all the questions you may have, and then to reach your decision whether to affiliate.
I hope you will consider becoming a part of the Greek system when you become a student at Iowa State University. Both ISU and Greek living have a great deal to offer.
Gregory L. Geoffroy
- Sorority and fraternity members are more likely to stay in college than other students. Overall, 71 percent of Greeks graduate college, while only about 50 percent of non-Greeks do.
- College graduates who belong to a sorority or fraternity tend to be more successful finanancially than other college graduates.
- Sorority and fraternity alumni donate more gifts and in greater amounts to their alma maters than nonmembers. In fact, 75 percent of all alumni money given to a graduate's alma mater comes from Greek alumni.
- Student members tend to participate more often in cocurricular campus activities. Nationally, $7 million is raised for charity by Greek organizations.
- Fraternities and sororities provide a viable option for leadership development and extracurricular involvement.
- The first general fraternity (Kappa Alpha Society) was organized in 1750.
- Forty-three of fifty of the largest North American companies are headed by fraternity men and sorority women.
- Eighty-five percent of Fortune 500 executives (past and present) belonged to a fraternity or sorority.
- Forty of forty-seven Supreme Court justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
- Seventy-six percent of all congressmen and senators belong to a fraternity or sorority.
- With two exceptions in each office, every U.S. president and vice president born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 has been a member of a fraternity. So have three Canadian prime ministers.
- Greeks volunteer 850,000 hours yearly across the nation.
- All the Apollo 11 astronauts were frat members.
- More than 7 million men and women in the United States and Canada are Greek, which is only a fraction of the population.
These statistics were taken from the book College in a Can (2004) by Sandra and Harry Choron.
A Letter to Parents from an Acacia Mother
Hello, my name is Dee Vaage and my son Jon is a senior at ISU and a member of the Acacia Fraternity. I am writing to you today to let you know what a positive experience our son has had being a member of Acacia and to encourage your son to consider joining this fraternity.
We are from a small Iowa community, Milford, close to the Iowa Great Lakes. My husband is a Lutheran pastor and I am an RN at Spencer Hospital. We both attended private colleges and were new to the University’s Greek community. I can tell you that when Jon was approached to join a fraternity as an incoming freshman, we were apprehensive. “What was it going to cost?”, “Was it going to provide a good study environment?”, “Were there any disadvantages to living off-campus?” were some of the questions with which we struggled. Jon has been a member of Acacia now for two years and I can firmly state that joining this fraternity was one the best choices he has made.
The Acacia house offers a very “home-like” atmosphere both in its structure and room arrangements. They have a very nice common areas and bedrooms. Students either share a room or have a private room, many with their own bathroom. Each room comes equipped with beds, desks, refrigerator and microwaves which was nice not having to purchase all of this furniture. Overall, the cost of living at the house is comparable to University housing except Acacia does offer scholarships to help offset these expenses which have been great for Jon. Most of all, it is reassuring to know where Jon is living and who he is living with. The guys are great and it’s been fun to get to know them as they watch out for each other. Acacia has become his University family and his home-away-from-home.
Besides the home-like environment, Jon has greatly benefited academically and grown in his leadership skills as a result of being an Acacian. The fraternity takes great pride in its academic and leadership achievements. I have witnessed them encouraging each other to excel. The upper classmen are excellent role models and the résumé’s of the Acacia members is quite impressive. Jon has matured quickly growing in his leadership skills as he has become involved with coordinating various university events and social service projects. The members encourage each other to become involved in their community which has helped Jon meet many people and develop new relationships. I credit Acacia in helping Jon make an easy transition from high school to college life.
Acacia only recruits the best-of-the-best so it’s an honor for your son to be considered for membership. If you have any further questions, please contact me since sometimes it helps to talk mother-to-mother.
How to Learn More
This website provides a great deal of information about our chapter, but it lacks the true core of our fraternity that is its members. We encourage you to call one of our recruitment chairs to come see our house in person and talk to some of the guys to get a better feeling for what our fraternity is about. If you have not already, check out more of our website such as the scholarship, brotherhood, leadership, service, and recruitment pages.
For more information on how to contact us, visit the contact us page