Let’s face it, unless you’re currently in a fraternity, you don’t know shit about one. Seriously, Greek life has and always will remain private and exclusive. And fuck, we like it that way. Well, for all you naive youngsters chomping at the bits to join the greatest unified group of bros in the world, we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions revolving around fraternities and pledgeship. With a little advice, you just might survive. Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at PledgeMaster@PledgingSucks.com if you have any other questions. As always, sound off in the comments below.
I apologize for breaking the trend of hardass remarks, posts and comments, but I’ll be answering each and every question with honesty and humility. In other words, I’m not gunna rain on your GDI parade for asking what fraternities don’t haze. As much as I’d like to call every guy a complete bitch for not pledging the hardest and most badass frats, I know for a fact that the majority of Greek life has their own way of doing things. On that note, let the honesty and lack of comic parody begin:
Do fraternities haze?
Almost all fraternities haze to a certain extent. There are levels of hazing that fraternities partake in. No matter what fraternity you’re in, you’ll have to memorize something. A lot of people don’t understand the definition of hazing. To a university, making a pledge drink a glass of water is considered hazing. Ask around, it’s pretty common knowledge on campus which fraternities are rougher than others.
How long is pledgeship?
Universities usually enforce a strict deadline with pledgeship. Somewhere around 9 weeks is the norm. Yet, the easier fraternities will cut it way shorter. Some of the sketchier fraternities may push pledgeship into two semesters (15+ weeks). It’s all politics. The Greek system is no different than government, except they like to party.
Are there gay fraternities?
There aren’t any “gay-only” frats, but there are a ton of “gay-friendly” frats. If you’re gay, don’t hold it in. The biggest mistake would be joining a frat and not letting them know.
Will I fail out of college if I pledge?
It’s definitely a possibility, it just depends on who you are. As much as I’d like to say that I’m a hardcore partier, I know what’s up with real life. My advice, wait a semester to pledge if you’re worried about it. Understand what college life is all about, and see if you could handle it. Pledgeship is like a 10 credit course. A small minority fail out of college due to the Greek system, but it’s still a decent percentage. Be careful, and know your limits.
Are there non-partying fraternities?
Unfortunately, yes. There are fraternities for everything. Math frats, business frats, ethnic frats, you name it. Do some research, and don’t be afraid to hit up some blogs. That’s where the real opinions surface.
Do I have any friends while pledging?
Your pledge class will be your friends. There aren’t many, and you’ll definitely be overwhelmed by the Brotherhood, but that’s why you’ll get so close. Your Pledge Master or Pledge Trainer will guide the way. There will definitely be a few brothers who take the role as the asshole of the brotherhood.
Are there fraternities that don’t haze?
Yes, to an extent. There are fraternities that won’t do anything to their pledge class. Apart from making you learn the Brotherhood’s history, the age-old stereotype of hazing doesn’t always happen in a select number of fraternities. Fraternities that don’t haze are definitely in the minority.
What is the time commitment of pledging?
Pledgeship is like a 10-credit course. You’ll devote many hours a day to pledging. You’ll have to study, work, and lose a good amount of sleep over it. It’s hard to put an overall time-stamp onto it. It’s all relative as to what fraternity you pledge as well. Ask around and don’t be afraid to ask the brothers themselves. They don’t want to bid up a kid who’s going to puss out in the first week.
Do frat guys really fuck chicks every night?
As much as I’d like to say yes, this is not true at all. When you’re in middle school or high school, you have these sugarplums dancing in your head with insane frat parties, naked chicks, unlimited amounts of alcohol, etc. Granted, a ton of this is definitely true. But, you’re not going to get laid every night. It’s all about how hard you try, how much you go out, etc. By no means is frat life boring at all, but no, you’re not getting laid on a nightly basis.
What if I want to quit in the middle of pledging?
There’s an open-door policy for every fraternity. You can ALWAYS quit, no matter how early or late you are into pledgeship. My advice is that once you’re about half-way through pledgeship, there’s no point in quitting no matter how hard it gets. There’s a lesson to be learned though, never quit and rat on the Brotherhood. You signed up for pledgeship, so don’t go crying to mommy and daddy if you can’t get through it. If you do quit, let go like a man and walk away silently.
How many other guys will be in my pledge class?
If you’re pledging in the fall, which a majority of Greeks do, you’re looking at a pledge class in the 20’s. I’m speaking about larger public universities. Obviously, if you go to a small school, the number could be peanuts. In the spring, the number drops significantly. Take the University of Georgia for instance. Fall pledge classes will be around 25, and spring around 15. Again, private schools are completely different.
How much partying actually goes on in a fraternity?
If you’re in the right one, a shit ton. The amount of partying is all relative to which fraternity you join. There are Animal House frats, and there are math-club frats. It just depends what you’re looking for. But hey who wouldn’t be looking for a party?
Hope these helped.
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It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.