What is your impression of fraternity life on today’s campus?
Your expectations are likely shaped by several different things: your own educational experience, stories in the media, and pop culture portrayals of greek organizations (“Animal House,” “Old School” and TV’s “Greek”). Despite the stereotypical Animal House image that is often portrayed , the true Phi Kappa Tau experience is centered on our collective acceptance of the values of the organization.
For the vast majority of Phi Kappa Tau members, their fraternity experience provides the home-away-from-home that most young men seek. It gives them a connection to their campuses. Their grades are often above the average on campus. Phi Kappa Tau provides meaningful friendships, outlets for campus involvement, and opportunities for leadership development. Collectively, the young men in our chapters have raised more than $100,000 for charitable organizations and amassed more than 30,000 hours of community service over the past four years.
There are also times, however, when I am contacted by a parent who is concerned about some aspect of the Fraternity. To be sure, Phi Kappa Tau devotes many of its resources to creating awareness about issues that are prevalent on college campuses today – alcohol use, academic achievement, safety, and more. We offer many different programs, both in-person and online, that offer students and volunteers consistent and valuable information.
Please take a look around our website and get a feel for Phi Kappa Tau. Also, make sure to sign up for our parent newsletter, view our parents packet and review our new blog – a resource that will be updated regularly with short commentary and links to Fraternity-related stories from major publications and smaller journals. You may also be interested in volunteering for the organization or joining our Foundation's Parents Fund.
Should you have any questions about Phi Kappa Tau, or fraternity life in general, please also feel free to contact me directly at
. If I cannot address your specific chapter-related question or comment, I will direct you to the appropriate staff member or local volunteer.
We know that it is most important for our undergraduate members to have people in their lives that continually remind them of the fraternal values of Phi Kappa Tau and encourage them to make good decisions in college and in life. We hope that you will also talk to your son about his Fraternity experience – the highs, the lows, the things that he wishes he could change, and the things that he values most of all.
C. Steven Hartman
Chief Executive Officer
Phi Kappa Tau