Parents: Questions & Answers
The following are questions that may be asked by parents of prospective members of Pi Kappa Alpha. Please use the contact us form if you have additional questions or would like to be put in contact with current parents, advisors, or students for more information.
Why should my son join Pi Kappa Alpha?
The benefits of joining a Fraternity can be enormous for those who make the choice to join. Being a member of a Pi Kappa Alpha will provide leadership opportunities, build teamwork and social skills, develop time management skills and allow your son to become part of a group of life-long friends. Though the Fraternity is fundamentally a social group, it does in many ways function as a small business and the experience that comes from being a member of that group cannot be replicated in the classroom.
I hear bad things about Fraternities in the news. Should I be concerned about this?
Unfortunately, all of the benefits of Fraternities are often overshadowed by the negative publicity generated by the actions of a select few. If your son is considering joining Pi Kappa Alpha, you can be assured that your son will be joining one of the highest-quality chapters of the Fraternity. But don’t take our word for it, feel free to contact Pike International to confirm.
What about hazing?
Pi Kappa Alpha and Indiana State University have strict policies against hazing, and our Chapter follows these policies without question. If you ask most members of our Chapter, they will agree that if they were hazed as part of the associate process, they would never have joined. We do not ask members or associates (non-initiated members) to do anything meant to embarrass, harm, or subject them to harassment or ridicule. This includes prohibiting the forced consumption of anything, including alcohol.
How expensive is it to be a member of Pi Kappa Alpha?
We are conscious that many families are on a budget. Although the exact costs vary from year to year, we aim to keep our membership dues at a reasonable price considering all of the benefits, like leadership training, professional conferences, athletic competitions, networking, professional development, and life-long friendships. However, to be a member of our Chapter amounts to only around $2.71 per day. If the financial commitment to join a Pi Kappa Alpha an issue, there are many scholarships and past alumni that are willing to help off-set some of the expense.
A full breakdown of expenses is available upon request.
How will joining affect my son’s academic performance?
Scholarship is one of our Chapter’s points of emphasis. We have routinely have the highest GPA on Indiana State University’s campus. Our Chapter is regularly recognized for our scholarship achievements by the Pi Kappa Alpha National Headquarters. Also, our chapter is large enough that we have multiple members in most of the majors offered at ISU. This means that for any class your son is in, someone else has probably already taken it or is in it with him and can help in the learning process. Within our House, we have a study room with quiet hours to promote a learning environment.
How much time does the Fraternity take up?
The answer to this question depends completely on how involved your son chooses to be. There are certain commitments that are asked of associates, and there are events that are required of all members post-initiation. However, academics and family issues are important, and required events can be excused for these reasons. Generally, those who choose to put more time into the Fraternity get the most reward from their experience.
How will membership benefit my son after he graduates?
Membership in Pi Kappa Alpha organization is for a lifetime because we were founded on values. Not only does it make the college experience so much more enjoyable and memorable, but the opportunities it will provide later in life are super beneficial. Whether it is calling on a brother for a reference or recommendation when applying for a job, networking with other alumni in your profession, or simply connecting with fellow brothers when moving to a new city, being connected by the same values can provide advantages that others would not have. Additional information about the benefits of Greek Life were recently compiled by Gallup Poll.