Parents FAQ

So your son wants to join a fraternity and you are worried he'll just waste his college years drinking? This isn't your father's fraternity and you might be surprised about just how helpful and important this fraternity will be towards your son's education.

What is a fraternity?
A fraternity is a group of men who believe and live by the same set of values, and foster a close friendship through those values. These values bind together not only the current chapter members, but members and alumni throughout the country. Fraternity men incorporate these values in all aspects of their lives, never letting go of those beliefs. Sigma Phi Epsilon's values are Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love.

Don't Greek organizations take up a lot of time?
Fraternity membership requires anywhere from 2 to 8 hours a week. Whether it be a community service project, planning an event, or regular weekly meetings, Greek members have learned to manage their time wisely with other commitments such as schoolwork, a job, and significant others. This is why so many members have succeeded in their lives.

What about academics?
Sigma Phi Epsilon is a national leader in academics. Academic performance and scholastic achievement are signs of Sound Minds at work. Reinforcing the value of education and its importance, Sigma Phi Epsilon exists to advance the mission of the college or university where it has a chapter. SigEps have a strong commitment to academics, and odds are your son will make better grades as a member of SigEp. Our chapter also boasts the only in-house study room on campus.

How do I know my son will not be hazed if he joins Sigma Phi Epsilon?
The SigEp National website states our stance on hazing in the following excerpt: "Sigma Phi Epsilon is clear and concise in its stance against hazing. Hazing is illegal; therefore it has no place in the Fraternity. Sigma Phi Epsilon holds its members to the highest possible standard, so breaking the laws of the country, state, and university will not be tolerated. Hazing is the direct opposite of everything Sigma Phi Epsilon represents."
Our Balanced Man Program ensures that all new members go through a development program that is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. Sigma Phi Epsilon prides itself on upholding our ideals and no act of hazing will be tolerated in the fraternity.

Can fraternities help my son after he graduates?
Yes! Fraternity members achieve success. College graduates who belong to a fraternity or sorority tend to be more successful financially than other college graduates. 80% of the CEO of Fortune 500 companies were in fraternal organizations, as were all but two of the Presidents and Vice-Presidents for the last 100 years. Many companies give the hiring edge to Greeks, because they realize a fraternity member is much better trained and equipped to be a success in the business world than is the smartest of graduates who did not have the benefit of a fraternity or sorority.

Fraternity members are very cliquish, aren't they?
By far, this is not the truth at Stetson University. Greek students represent a variety of ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds. Students of all majors and interests are affiliated with fraternities. One of the greatest aspects of Greek Life is that each chapter offers something different to each member.

The following is a list of reasons your son will benefit from SigEp:
- He'll have a group of supportive friends to help him make the adjustment to college and be his friends for life.
- He'll be offered scholastic resources to help him achieve his academic goals.
- He'll be taught leadership skills and offered hands-on opportunities to practice those skills.
- He'll be encouraged to get involved in the campus and the community and exercise his fullest potential.
- He'll be taught the importance of giving of oneself through active participation in community service projects.
- He'll be exposed to career opportunities through interaction with fraternity alumni.
- He'll enhance those "people skills" so essential to happy, productive living.