Frequently Asked Questions
What can your fraternity offer a student?
A fraternity can offer an experience of a lifetime. Lambda Chi Alpha will offer the best of these experiences. Social networking, leadership training, personal growth, family, lifetime friendships, a sense of belonging and brotherhood are just some of these.
What type of Scholarship Program do you have to help a student with grades?
Lambda Chi Alpha offers its members more money than any fraternity on campus. To learn more about our scholarships and contributions to the university, see our Scholarships page.
What are the grade requirements for members?
A cumulative and semesterly GPA of 2.50 or higher.
What are the other requirements for initiation into membership?
Completion of the Associate Member education program, as well as remaining an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha throughout the association period.
Are there house meetings held at the chapter?
Yes. We have chapter meetings on Monday nights open for everybody, including prospective members. We also have meetings for recruitment, philanthropy, elections, social functions and everything else that keeps our house running.
Is the Associate Member allowed in meetings for house policy decisions?
Yes, of course! Our Associate Members (AM's) are allowed to attend any and all meetings (except meetings for initiation which happen only a few times per year).
Are your alumni active in the chapter?
Our alumni are active in our chapter, not just in donations. Our Alumni Advisor has done a great job making this possible. Alumni help advise the officers of the fraternity, educate the membership, and give members job opportunities.
Do you have a "big brother" program?
We have a well-structured big brother program that starts immediately upon association. Our big brothers are selected based on standards, as it's a vital position in transitioning a new member into the fraternity. The big brother also passes down to the little brother the traditions of Lambda Chi Alpha. The big brother assists in Associate Member education all the way until initiation, and is often a mentor and friend for life.
What are the costs (all costs) involved in joining your organization?
For in-house members: $3200 for the first semester. After initiation, the house fee drops to $3000. The initial one time fee of $200 covers our national fraternity fees for initiation into the brotherhood. The housing dues pay for:
10 cooked meals per week, plus breakfast / weekend food (i.e. cereal, bagels, milk, eggs, etc.)
Internet (ethernet and wi-fi)
For out-of-house members: $650 per semester
Do you pay per semester or for the full academic year?
Per semester is how we work the budget. We require that either the dues be paid in full a week from the first formal meeting, or a payment plan be worked with our executive committee and treasurer in the same time frame.
When is payment due?
Within 10 days of the first day of the academic semester.
What payment methods are accepted?
What are the advantages of living in the chapter house as opposed to living out?
By living in the house you don't miss out on anything. There is always something to do, always a memory to make and always a best friend one room away. Most members get to know everybody a lot better if you live in than if you live out.
How much time commitment is expected?
Only a few hours per week is required. It's expected that you exceed the requirements and commit as much time as you can. You'll find, however, that as time goes on you'll start wanting to do everything you can for your chapter because you come to love it and the brothers. You will only get out what you put in. To make the most of any experience you need to invest time and energy, but the return on investment is priceless and will last a lifetime.
What furniture does the house provide for rooms?
Is the house wired for computers? Is there anything specific I should bring with me in respect to computers to the house?
The house is fully wired in every room for Internet through the university. You will need to bring an Ethernet cable to connect your computer to the house Internet. Printers are available across the street in the Bruce M. Pitman Center computer lab.
What are the living arrangements?
We have 15 rooms, most of which are designated as two or three-man rooms.
Where would I sleep?
While some members choose to sleep in their rooms, most brothers sleep on the "sleeping porch" because it is quiet and more comfortable.
Where would I study? Do you have quiet hours?
Some people study in their rooms, some people choose to head to campus. We have a study room where you can find quiet time. Our study program requires that brothers study in the library a minimum of 4 hours per week and have study groups every night after dinner with a few sessions in the morning. We designate specific quiet hours during Dead Week and Finals Week.
Do you permit hazing?
Absolutely not. We recruit men and we treat them as men; that is one reason why over 40 years ago we abolished the "pledge" designation. All new men who join us are called Associate Members, and hazing is a serious offense.
Do you have a difficult Associate Member program?
No. It is well-structured and designed to be a meaningful experience; its primary goal is to educate and build up our members, not test or break them down.
Do you have an open kitchen (can I have a snack when I'm hungry)?
Our kitchen is open 24 hours a day. Leftovers from lunch and dinner are kept so a snack is always available (even on weekends). We also have a snack rack with bagels, bread, cereal and condiments.
Are meals nutritious?
Yes, our meals are well balanced and have variety. We have an amazing cook who is more than happy to work with members for any special dietary needs.
How many meals are offered per week?
10 meals per week, 2 per weekday. Lunch starts at 11:30, Dinner is at 5:00.
What is expected of an Associate Member?
Nothing that a true man should not, or could not do. We ask that a man maintains his scholarly duties, be active and involved in his community, create friendships, and be looked upon as a leader in college and in life after.
When can I move in?
We're ready whenever you are. Members traditionally move in before school starts. In-between terms is a convenient time for our live-outs to move in.
Are there regularly scheduled study hours for associates? For members?
Yes. We will have a fraternity-wide study session set up for all members to attend at the chapter house, as well as times at the library and individual help for those that need it.
Is your chapter active on campus?
Yes! Associates and Members of Lambda Chi Alpha participate in at least one extra-curricular activity. Student government, club sports, and public service clubs are just a few examples of the things our brothers are involved in on campus.
What philanthropies does your chapter support?
Lambda Chi Alpha supports Feeding America, so many of our philanthropies go towards ending hunger. Beyond that, we try to be involved in every major philanthropic opportunity on campus. Many of our members are also involved in the Alternative Service Break trips run by ASUI.
What are some of your social activities?
We have many activities and functions that we do each year. These include functions with sororities and mixers with other fraternities to promote a friendly Greek system.
How much emphasis does your chapter place on intramural sports?
While we don't expect to win every sport, we do expect to be competitive and strive for a win. We do have members that are very good at many of the sports, but we find a place for anyone who wants to play.