These fraternity and sorority members are among the most civic-minded people in the city of Troy. They are the kind of neighbors for which any sensible person fervently wishes, joining local community organizations and energetically performing community services. They do as much to bridge the town/gown divide as any students on the Troy campus. For that, I am extremely grateful.
– Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of RPI
I firmly believe that students who go Greek at Rensselaer have a fuller experience while in college and for the rest of their lives. With over 26% of the student population in fraternities or sororities, students who go Greek join 2nd homes/families who become their best friends as well as true brothers or sisters well beyond graduation. Each day I hear from alumni who speak fondly of their days as undergraduates and say that going Greek defined their experiences and helped shape their successful lives. I wish every student would consider going Greek, as beyond their academic studies, it may be the best benefit available to an RPI student.
– Matt Hunt, Former Associate Dean of the Greek Life Commons
Frequently Asked Questions
How will joining Phi Mu Delta impact my son’s academics?
We understand that academics should be the primary purpose for attending college, especially a private, specialized school such as Rensselaer. We have a minimum GPA requirement to join, and members are expected to uphold at least that GPA as they progress through their college career. Members who fall below the minimum 2.2 GPA are required to go on Academic Probation and may not hold officer positions in the chapter.
Phi Mu Delta has a Scholarship Chair position who runs Resume workshops, homework help, and other miscellaneous academic programs for fraternity members only to aid in their success. We currently maintain an average fraternity GPA higher than the school’s average GPA, and attribute this success to the importance we put on academics.
As a fraternity we also maintain a back-work drive with old homeworks and tests for many of the courses at RPI to help members study. On top of this, older members are always willing to help tutor on subjects/classes they may have already taken.
Isn’t joining a fraternity expensive? What are the financial obligations of membership
Like any organization, there are financial obligations that each member must take on. Phi Mu Delta believes that we have one of the more agreeable fee structures in the fraternity world. A detailed breakdown of our national fees can be found here.
Our local chapter dues per semester shown below:
Fees: ~$500 – Semester dues for all members, which includes all national fees.
Room and Board Charge: ~$4000 – Semester charge for living in the chapter house. This includes rent, utility, and food.
This may seem like a large amount, but living on-campus for a single semester with a meal plan is approximately equivalent to living in-house for three semesters, and almost all of our members prefer living in-house due to the bigger rooms, better food, and brotherhood/comradery.
We explain to your son in detail how all of these funds are spent, and vote on any budgetary changes at our weekly house meetings, but if you have any concerns, please contact the VP of Finance at email@example.com.
What is Phi Mu Delta’s position on hazing?
Phi Mu Delta stands firmly against hazing. It is the opposite of what brotherhood means to us and we believe it is damaging and has no place in our house. Members found to be participating in hazing are dealt with through our own judicial system, face expulsion from the Fraternity, and will be reported to campus. If you have any reason to believe that your son is being hazed, please do not hesitate to submit your concern to anyone on the contact page, and to RPI’s Associate Dean of the Greek Life Commons.
What kind of time commitment will be expected from my son?
On average, your son will contribute two to four hours per week for meetings and activities. If he is an officer, he may expect to spend a few more hours a week on operations and management issues. Like all activities, the secret to success is learning good time-management skills. However, as stated above, we believe academics should always come first and excuses from fraternal obligations can be made for different reasons including academic.
What types of opportunities will my son have as a member of Phi Mu Delta?
Membership in Phi Mu Delta will allow your son to network, enhance his leadership skill, support the local community, and participate in a variety of activities designed to enrich his collegiate experience and build life skills. Such activities include:
- Service projects and philanthropies
- Serving as an officer or committee chair
- Organizing events for the campus community
- Participating in intramural athletics
- Study skills development
- Chapter educational programming
- Attending social mixers
- Networking with alumni in different fields
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
We understand that your specific question may not be answered in this FAQ. Please feel free to contact our current president at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have an open house every Rensselaer Family Weekend where you can meet the brothers and take a tour of the chapter house.