We sincerely thank you for taking the time to investigate the fraternity via this website. Just by coming to this page it is clear that you are interested in your son’s involvement at Butler, and we are happy that you are invested in his college experience. This page is for you – we hope you find what you are looking for!
What you will find here:
– 5 FAQs about fraternities
– Information about recruitment
– Financial specifics
– Additional resources for your questions
1. What is my son getting himself into?
From the conception of the Greek letter fraternity in the late 18th century to the present day, groups of ambitious men have joined together in a pursuit of becoming the best men, students, and leaders they can be. The men of Delta Tau Delta at Butler University are continuing this tradition by providing its members the opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves, doorways to opportunities they could not imagine, and a group of men who will provide support for life.
2. How does joining a fraternity benefit my son?
Academics – At a glance you might see our chapter’s average GPA of 3.483 (spring 2017) and be surprised, but when you look deeper, it should come as no surprise that the men of Delta Tau Delta are thriving academically. We require weekly study hours of our new members, provide brother-on-brother academic mentorship in situations when grades have fallen below our standard, and our academic committee has the power to suspend social privileges to encourage brothers to get their grades up. At Delt, we acknowledge ourselves as students first, and fraternity men second.
Social – With all types of events scheduled each year from getaways to the racetracks of Kentucky to service events with Butler sororities on a Saturday morning to cookouts on the basketball court behind the Shelter, it is nearly impossible to leave the fraternity with no social skills. Also, our fraternity provides national events such as Ignite, a leadership summit for rising sophomores, and Karena, a biannual convention filled with leadership seminars and networking opportunities, that give your son the opportunity to meet Delts from other college campuses.
Leadership – Beta Zeta is a highly involved chapter on Butler’s campus, with 100% of our brothers belonging to a campus club or organization outside of the fraternity. We encourage each other to run for leadership positions, with 40% of our brothers holding a leadership position in a campus organization (spring 2017). Our pledgeship period offers a multitude of positions for our new members to learn what it is like to lead a fraternity, preparing them well to serve on the many executive, administrative, and committee roles we have within our chapter.
Career – When your son becomes a Delt, he is one for life. What that means is when he comes across one of his brothers in college or beyond, he will do anything he can to help him out. Today, finding a job is all about networking. As a member of Delta Tau Delta, your son immediately becomes part of a network of over 150,000 men locally and nationally committed to helping him along his desired career path.
Values – Delta Tau Delta is a values based organization. Delt will push your son to look within and further develop his values of Truth, Courage, Faith, and Power, as these values make up the foundation of our fraternity. Delt also keeps their brothers accountable so that they may be the best brother, student, and citizen that they can be.
3. What about alcohol?
Members are responsible for obeying all state, university, and fraternity policies regarding alcohol. To enforce accountability, our honor board holds the power to discipline any brother who acts in a way unbecoming of a Delt. College is full of choices that your son will have to make, but in Delta Tau Delta he will have a group of men supporting his decisions and challenging him to be a better man.
4. What about pledging and hazing?
As a new member, your son will go through a period of education about the history of the fraternity (called pledging) and what it means to be a brother. Delta Tau Delta has a strict no-hazing policy that we adhere to closely and each pledge is given an anonymous no hazing hotline to call if they suspect that they are being hazed. Delta Tau Delta’s goal is to bring about lasting relationships between men, and we believe that these types of activities only damage relationships. In addition, Butler University keeps a very close eye on all fraternities and there is no a tolerance policy for any activity that might be considered hazing.
5. What is the role of a parent?
Give yourself a pat on the back, a round of applause, or treat yourself to some ice cream. Why? Because you are already doing your job as a parent. Choosing to join a fraternity is a huge decision, and it is vital that you and your son find the answers to all your questions. So by taking the time to investigate this decision, it shows that you are taking the choice seriously, and that is your role. Greek life is not for everyone, but for many it provides incredible opportunities to maximize the college experience and thrive in the world after graduation. Many brothers at Beta Zeta never seriously considered becoming Greek prior to college, but at Butler they saw that it was different than what they had seen in the movies and truly provided opportunities to create deep bonds and meaningful relationships.
We welcome you and your son to come and visit our chapter house (the Shelter) during Butler Family Weekend (November 10-12). We will be having an open house on Saturday morning, where you and your son can come see the Shelter and hear about our chapter from some of our brothers.
If your son becomes a brother of our chapter, we have great ways for you to be involved! Each year, we have a Moms’ Day in the fall and a Dads’ Day in the spring, when we invite our Moms and Dads to come onto campus and spend a day having fun in Indianapolis with our brothers and their parents. We also hold a benefit dinner for our spring philanthropy, Trike (which raised over $37,000 for a local children’s hospital in spring 2017), and invite friends and family of the fraternity to come together, enjoy a catered dinner, and raise money for a great cause.
Butler University has a deferred recruitment system, meaning that your son will not be eligible to join the Greek system until his second semester. This allows him to make friends in his classes and residence hall, join campus clubs and organizations he may be passionate about, and really get to know the Greek system before having to commit to it. Greek life is very popular at Butler, as 30% – 40% of Bulldogs will choose to go Greek, but it’s not for everyone, and there is plenty to be involved with at Butler should your son decide not to join the Greek system.
Formal recruitment happens the week before classes begin second semester, meaning your son will move back onto campus almost a week early from winter break. Residence halls will be open at this time for students who have registered for Greek recruitment. Men’s recruitment consists of six two-hour sessions across three days (Thursday – Saturday) when catered meals (lunch and dinner) will be served. Your son has total liberty to choose the fraternities at which he would like to spend each recruitment session. During those recruitment sessions, your son will have the opportunity to eat with and talk to brothers of the house he chooses to visit, giving him the opportunity to evaluate for himself if he believes that chapter may be a good fit for him. On Sunday, your son will be notified whether or not he has received a bid (invitation to join a fraternity), and second semester classes will commence the following Monday (Tuesday for 2018 formal recruitment in observation of Dr. MLK Day).
It is common for Greek housing to be more affordable than university housing at Butler, and Delta Tau Delta is no exception to this norm. We require our new members to pay $800 to cover their spring social dues and new registration fees with the fraternity. From that point forward, social dues (which cover formal dances, brotherhood events, finance our philanthropic events, and more) are $900 per year for every brother in the chapter. It is Butler’s campus culture that sophomores and juniors live in their Greek houses. Our 20,000 square-foot Shelter is able to accommodate our sophomores and juniors as well as our house dad, who is a Beta Zeta alumnus himself. We are proud to have live-in costs that are significantly less than Butler University campus housing.
Delta Tau Delta live-in costs are $3,760 for room and $2,050 for the meal plan, plus a $250 housing deposit per semester for a total of $6,510 after social dues. This is compared to Fairview House for sophomores, which is $3,715 (minimum) for room and $3,415 for the meal plan per semester, for a total of $7,130. Juniors not living in Greek housing are most likely to live in Apartment Village, which is $5,050 per semester, with students supplying their own groceries. For more information on Butler room and board costs, visit www.butler.edu/tuition.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Recruitment, Andrew Thompson, at email@example.com. As Director of Recruitment for the chapter, it is Andrew’s sincere pleasure to talk with you about any questions you may have.