The transition from High School to University life can be an exciting and confusing time for many. Let this page help guide you in understanding how Pi Kappa Alpha can make that transition easier. As always, feel free to get in touch with us with any comments, questions, or concerns on our Contact page here.
How much does it cost?
The cost of living at Pi Kappa Alpha is consistently less than the average cost of living in one of the residential halls, such as Residential College or Thomas Jefferson Hall. Room and board, as well as a meal plan that includes 14 full meals a week and substantial snacks, is all covered in the cost.
How will it affect my son's studies?
Many students often find managing their time transitioning from high school to college life very difficult. Pi Kappa Alpha assists in this transition period by having mandated study hours for both new members and active members. As a result, the average GPA for new members is consistently above the all men’s average at Missouri S&T. The chapter offers multiple other programs such as focused study groups, and the ability to consult older members about class material. All of these aspects serve as an extra aid or resource aside from lectures and campus help sessions.
What about scholarships?
Pi Kappa Alpha annually rewards its members with around $70,000 in scholarships from our Educational Foundation. Though, aside from scholarships being awarded by academic achievement, they can also be earned for chapter involvement, community service, and other leadership roles throughout campus. To learn more, check out our Educational Foundation page here.
Pi Kappa Alpha offers and encourages a multitude of involvement opportunities, both in and out of house. In house opportunities include participation in intramural sports, community service trips and events, as well as leadership positions and committee positions. Campus and community involvement is so encouraged that the members of Pi Kappa Alpha average over two campus organizations per man. While this may seem daunting, it is an important step in learning the leadership skills that will pave the way to a prosperous career after graduation.
Stance on hazing?
Pi Kappa Alpha has a very stern zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing. Each chapter is expected and required to abide by this policy and the Alpha Kappa chapter is certainly no exception. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment, ridicule, or risks emotional and/or physical harm. Hazing directly conflicts with the purpose and ideology of Pi Kappa Alpha and Missouri S&T alike, and only degrades the culture that Pi Kappa Alpha has strived to create.
How much time does the Fraternity take up?
Participating in the Fraternity adds additional activities and commitments to an already busy schedule in college. However, Pi Kappa Alpha does encourage time management skills which will help each member with his involvement in the Fraternity, on campus, and in his professional career. The additional responsibilities, mixed with time management skills taught specifically to new members, helps keep everything in balance. Each member will find a level of commitment that is comfortable for him. By learning to balance academics, fraternal involvement, campus involvement, and social commitments, each member is more likely to be successful later on in professional life.
Will my son be safe?
The Alpha Kappa Chapter house at Missouri S&T is one of the safest Fraternity houses in the nation. It is purposefully built to withstand any sort of fire. It is constructed with an all steel frame, fire resistant doors, fire proof drywall, and an extensive sprinkler system checked yearly. Fire drills are also performed regularly. On top of fire protection, all chapter house entrances are equipped with key pads for coded entry. Only members have knowledge of the codes, and visitors are required to be personally let in by a member of the chapter. Finally, top of the line security cameras surround the premises and allow the members to replay any hostile or illegal activity occurring on the property.
What is my role as a parent?
Take time to learn about Pi Kappa Alpha and other Greek Life at Missouri S&T. Ask your son questions about what is happening within the Fraternity, as well as what events are going on around campus. Allow him to make the decisions that he thinks are best for him and be supportive of what he decides to become involved in. Be interested in what the organizations offer to him, and offer guidance if he becomes confused. Once your son joins Pi Kappa Alpha, there are many opportunities to be involved as a parent, such as the Parent’s Club, Family Days, Pi Kappa Alpha’s International Work Day, and a variety of other events. The key is to be actively involved in your son’s decisions and support him in what he wishes to accomplish.
Tell me about living in the fraternity house.
The cost of living at Pi Kappa Alpha is approximately 65% of the average cost of living in a residential hall. This cost includes room, board, and a meal plan. The meal plan includes 14 balanced meals during the week (3 meals Monday – Thursday; breakfast and lunch on Friday). The Alpha Kappa chapter house, built in 2000 and expanded in 2007, includes first-rate housing for 104 men, a kitchen, a dining hall, and multiple study rooms.
What is pledging?
Pledging is a period which will assist you in overcoming some concerns about success in college. All new members experience a period of orientation. During this time you and the other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity. New members will also take part in leadership retreats, community service projects, and other activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the active fraternity members. Pi Kappa Alpha is committed to a membership education period for the new members that instills a sense of responsibility and commitment to the fraternity. While pledging, you will be assigned a roommate by the chapter, who will assist you throughout your pledging period. The roommate is an older active member who has experience and leadership, both on campus and within the fraternity. Each new member will also be assigned a “daily duty” and weekly “kitchen duties” to help keep the house clean and presentable, which is directed to instill a sense of responsibility and respect for the chapter house.
What about hazing?
Pi Kappa Alpha has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing, and each chapter is required to abide by this policy. Hazing includes any activity that subjects a member to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing conflicts with the purpose of Pi Kappa Alpha as well as the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and it only degrades the culture and moral we have worked hard to create.
I am afraid that joining a fraternity will take up a lot of time.
Participating in the fraternity can be very time consuming. However, Pi Kappa Alpha does encourage time management skills, both as a new member and an active, which will help each member with his involvement in the fraternity, on campus, and in his professional career. Pi Kappa Alpha offers a variety of involvement opportunities, including intramural sports, community service, and assuming leadership positions within the fraternity. Each member will find a level of commitment that is comfortable for him. By learning to balance academics, fraternal involvement, campus involvement, and social commitments, each member is more likely to be successful later on in professional life.
What are the greatest benefits of joining a fraternity?
Becoming a member of Pi Kappa Alpha will provide you with a number of experiences that will help you prepare for professional and personal aspects, of your life. These advantages include developing leadership skills by becoming a committee chair or executive board member, succeeding academically with the help of organized study hours, increasing awareness and knowledge of a variety of topics, such as alcohol awareness and risk management, and developing enduring friendships and brotherly bonds that last long after graduation. Pi Kappa Alpha encourages members to be involved as much as each member feels comfortable with, and believes that every member contributes to the fraternity in his own way. Every member of a fraternity can benefit through participation in social events, athletics, academics, and service to the community.
I am concerned that joining a fraternity will affect me academically.
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Pi Kappa Alpha assists in this transition by having mandatory study hours for new members from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. As a result of these implementations, the GPA of the new members is consistently above the all men’s average at Missouri S&T . The chapter also has a file system of old files and books from previous semesters. Additionally, Pi Kappa Alpha annually offers approximately $70,000 in academic scholarships to give incentive to perform well academically.
Tell me about the social aspects of fraternal life.
Because the Greek community at Missouri S&T contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. Each chapter develops its own social calendar, and each fraternity is to responsibly plan events which promote a full spectrum of social activities for Greek Life. For many students, the Greek social life helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Pi Kappa Alpha offers a family-type atmosphere, where all members are encouraged to form a brotherly relationship with each new member. Opportunities to meet new friends increase through social events offered by not only Pi Kappa Alpha, but the campus as a whole.