There are three national fraternities with chapters on the Puget Sound campus including Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Fraternity members must pay dues to their chapter each semester. The money is used for chapter programming (faculty receptions, brotherhood events, social events, community service projects, chapter retreats) as well as national dues and insurance. It is essentially like any other club or organization that charges a membership fee.
All first-year men must remain in a residence hall during their first year on campus. Sophomore members of the fraternity move into the house during the fall. Most members live-in the chapter house for at least one year and some live-in for all three years.
Most men appreciate the friendships they share with a group of supportive men. There are also opportunities for academic assistance, leadership, community service, social events, athletic competitions and networking. The friendships you create within your fraternity will last a lifetime!
Absolutely! Since the Greek men do not move into the chapter house until their sophomore year, they make strong friendships with the students who live in their first-year residence hall. Due to the small size of Puget Sound, it is easy (and encouraged) to maintain a diversity of friendships and keep in contact with friends.
During your first semester, you will have weekly meetings with the other new members to learn fraternity history, songs, and traditions and meet the upper-class members. New members are invited to participate in scholarship programs, philanthropy projects and social events. The Greek men understand that the first year of college is an enormous adjustment and they are here to support you. Keep in mind that academics are always the top priority of the fraternities and no fraternity meeting or activity comes before academic commitments.
The university, the Interfraternity Council, and each of the three fraternities strictly forbid hazing activities.