Information for ParentsAlpha Epsilon Pi values and encourages input from parents during their son's experience as a potential member, pledge, and brother of the fraternity. We understand that parents may have concerns about fraternities, and this section of our website is provided as a resource to help you become informed about our chapter.
The parents of the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi at Northwestern value what the fraternity has contributed to their sons' college experience. If you would like to speak with some of our parents, please contact our President, Joseph Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AEPi International website provides a wealth of information for parents, covering all aspects of fraternity life. Additional information about the specifics of Greek Life at Northwestern can be found on the website of Northwestern's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
One of the greatest opportunities in college is to develop leadership skills and to apply these skills in practical situations. Fraternity life will teach, encourage, and assist your son in leadership skill development. Each chapter is self-governed and offers its members the opportunity to learn and improve leadership skills by inspiring chapter participation and campus involvement.
One of the most gratifying aspects of fraternity life is the sense of satisfaction and pride that comes with involvement in community service. Greeks recognize the need and concern throughout the year to donate time and raise money for their special philanthropies and community service projects. In fact, the ideals of most fraternities are exemplified through their donations of time and financial contributions. Whether raising funds or volunteering time, service is an important part of the fraternity experience.
The intramural program at Northwestern is perhaps one of the most visible and enjoyable aspects of fraternity life at Northwestern. Even though the intramural program is open to all students, Greek participation and competition is always strong on campus. Intramural events also teach the importance of teamwork. Because of the high level of competition, members soon learn that dedication to teamwork brings success, not just on the playing field, but in the classroom and in social activities as well.
Academic achievement is the foundation for an individual's future success, and the Greek community at Northwestern is committed to creating an environment conducive to learning and the attainment of academic goals. In fact, the transition from high school to college is smoother for Greeks. In the fraternity, your son can use the network of members who already have experience with classes and courses.
Social and Friendship
The social life in a fraternity helps the college man develop a sense of poise, personality and other social graces, all of which will be useful to him later in life. The ability to function comfortably in a social environment will prove almost as important to your son as his ability to handle the work environment. Being a member of a group of people will allow him to share common interests and develop friendships within the Greek community. Along with social awareness, Greek social events also serve as a release from the sometimes stressful college atmosphere.
Costs Associated With Joining a Fraternity
Financial requirements are an important consideration for men participating in the Greek community. Each fraternity is self-supporting from dues paid by its members. Dues and fees vary for each chapter and from year to year depending on an individual chapter's social expenses, and national dues. This cost includes social dues, chapter insurance, national dues, chapter dues, and other various items. Fees are generally higher during new membership to cover the initial pledge dues and initiation fees.