WHY GO GREEK?

Brotherhood, networking, philanthropic activities, social experiences and everlasting memories are some of the countless reasons to join a Greek organization like Alpha Epsilon Pi. Please take a look below at some of the statistics of fraternities and sororities to help decide if Greek life is the correct choice for you.

Greeks make up 3 percent of the population in the U.S.

All but two U.S. presidents since 1825 have been fraternity men.

Over 75 percent of U.S. Congress members were in fraternities or sororities.

Over 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives are Greek.

76 percent of the U.S. Senate is Greek.

More than 7 million men and women in the U.S. and Canada are Greek.

71 percent of Greeks graduate while only half of non-Greeks graduate from college.

43 of the nation’s 50 largest corporations are headed by Greeks.

Since 1910, 85 percent of Supreme Court justices have been Greek.

3 Canadian Prime Ministers have been Greek.

Over 85 percent of the student leaders on 730 college campuses are members of the Greek community.

There are more than 7,000 chapters at over 800 campuses in the United States and Canada with more than 500,000 undergraduate members.

The entire Greek-letter system has over 20,000 chapters.

7 out of 10 people listed in “Who’s Who in America” are Greek.

63 percent of all Cabinet members since the year 1900 have been Greek.

The overall Greek GPA is higher than the overall collegiate GPA in the U.S.

Each fraternity and sorority hosts at least 1 philanthropy a year.

WHY AEPI?

Our Values
We are a brotherhood of individuals united by Jewish values and a commitment to the Jewish people. We dedicate ourselves to improving our communities through leadership and service. We deliver on our promise to teach and practice charity and philanthropy. We advocate for Israel, push our members to become civically engaged, and become leaders that our Jewish community needs. We take pride in who we are.

Brotherhood
When you join AEPi, you are joining a brotherhood for a lifetime. Our strong Jewish identity creates a bond amongst all of our members across the globe. We are more than members of the same organization, we truly are brothers.

Academics
Our mission to develop future leaders of the Jewish community would not be possible without a strong foundation in education. From mandatory study hours, to mid-term and final quiet hours for studying, AEPi chapters place education as a top priority. Our chapters are consistently ranked among the highest GPA’s on their respective campuses.

Social
As much as AEPi’s love to hit the books, we value time for social involvement. Whether it be spending time with brothers in the house, joining an intramural sport team, or participating in campus activities AEPi’s are an active part of campus life.

A JEWISH FRATERNITY

AEPi brothers are the leaders of Jewish life on campus. Our brothers serve on the boards of Hillels, Chabads and pro-Israel groups all over the world. With rising anti-Semitism on college campuses, each AEPi chapter is a safe haven, not only for members of our fraternity but for ALL Jewish students. Our brothers are on the front line of pro-Israel advocacy and education. Their hard work to promote the Jewish people and fight for a Jewish state has not gone unnoticed. Below is a list of Jewish Identity events:

HINENI: JEWISH IDENTITY ENRICHMENT CONFERENCE
This summer program provides undergraduates with the tools and information to develop a stronger Jewish identity within themselves, their chapter, campus and community.

HINENI: TIKKUN OLAM CONFERENCE
Brothers learn how to impact their community in a positive way and help other minorities on campus. Hearing from other marginalized communities motivates our brothers to take leadership roles outside of AEPi and to step out of their comfort zone in order to better the world.

PASSOVER
Chapters all over the world bring together students, friends, and family to host a fun Passover Seder for the whole community.

SHABBAT ACROSS AEPi
Chapters celebrate AEPi’s Founders Day each year by hosting a Shabbat dinner on campuses around the world. Each chapter holds a Shabbat dinner on the same day for the brotherhood, fellow Jewish students or even the entire Jewish community.

AEPi SUKKOT
Each year, chapters around the world partner with local Jewish organizations to build Sukkahs during Sukkot. The event promotes Jewish enrichment and chapter development.

TU B’SHVAT
Chapters celebrate Tu B’Shvat by hosting a seder and participating in a local community service event.

WE WALK TO REMEMBER
In remembrance of the Holocaust, brothers walk in a line through campuses on Yom HaShoah in silence, wearing signs that say ‘Never Forget’ and pass out Holocaust pamphlets.

AEPI & LEADERSHIP

Our mission to develop future leaders of the Jewish community is apparent by the many successes of our alumni and current undergraduates. We aim to foster leadership skills and offer a variety of leadership development programming opportunities that enable alumni and undergraduate brothers to network and learn. Below is a list of leadership development programming:

REGIONAL CONCLAVES
Brothers from each region gather for a weekend of networking, education and leadership development. Participating brothers work with AEPi volunteers and staff to enhance their chapter’s success on campus.

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Undergraduate brothers, alumni, and friends of AEPi from all over the globe gather every summer for a week full of leadership development, networking, and fun!

MICHAEL A. LEVEN ADVANCED
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

This summer conference strengthens business leadership skills and better prepares undergraduate brothers for life after college.

PRESIDENT RETREATS
Chapter presidents from each region share in success and failures and work together to develop action plans for future development of AEPi.

CIVICS – HOW TO RUN A CAMPAIGN
Brothers participate in a weekend of grassroots educational development for student government elections.

ADVOCACY ACADEMY
Undergraduates learn how to effectively advocate for a cause they are passionate about through lectures, group discussions and personal meetings with high-ranking government officials.

TEN 4 TEN PHILANTHROPY CONFERENCE
Each year, ten chapters are selected to learn best practices for fundraising and philanthropy engagement to raise $10,000 for AEPi’s Official Philanthropy Program (OPP).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: WHAT MAKES AEPi JEWISH?
A: From our founding in 1913, we have held true to our Jewish roots. We are a Jewish fraternity, not just a fraternity of Jews. We integrate Jewish identity in many of our annual programs like Shabbat Across AEPi and Sukkot and our Official Philanthropy Program only supports Jewish organizations. We aim to better the Jewish community and solidify a strong and successful future for the Jewish people.

Q: WILL JOINING AEPi AFFECT MY ACADEMICS?
A: Each chapter holds themselves accountable for their member’s GPA. A network of brothers is available as a resource for academic achievement. Every chapter also has a minimum GPA requirement, which is higher than the average male cumulative GPA.

Q: WHAT FEES ARE REQUIRED FOR MEMBERSHIP?
A: Each AEPi chapter charges their own membership dues in addition to international dues. These dues support the operating budget of the chapter. Though each chapter sets their own dues, money should never come in the way of brotherhood. Scholarship and payment options are available for those that apply.

Q: ARE FRATERNITIES LIKE WHAT WE SEE IN THE MOVIES?
A: Unfortunately, pop culture and a negative media portrayal have given fraternities a reputation as a home for irresponsible college students. This could not be farther from the truth. Fraternities, like AEPi, focus on education and leadership development. Fraternities create a life-long support system for their members.

Q: WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL I HAVE TO EXPLORE PROFESSIONAL ASPIRATIONS?
A: AEPi provides programming for brothers to explore political, Jewish, communal, and business leadership opportunities. Our extensive alumni base are always available as a resource for networking and career advice. AEPi also opens doors for our undergrads to interact with business executives, politicians, and some of the world’s top philanthropists.

Q: DOES AEPi HAZE?
A: AEPi has a zero tolerance policy on hazing. The AEPi pledge process is a time where new members bond with each other and the entire brotherhood, while also learning more about the Fraternity and how to become a successful brother. At no point in time will a pledge of AEPi be forced to do anything that will cause harm, physical or emotional, to himself or anyone else.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

As your son considers college and college life, we understand that there are a number of questions and concerns. As a parent, it’s a good idea for you to learn more about Greek life and, especially, AEPi.

ACADEMICS
Academics should be your son’s number one focus while in college and AEPi International and our local chapters will do everything possible to provide the support necessary to achieve the ultimate objective: a college degree. You should know that AEPi chapters consistently rank above the “All-Men’s” and “All Fraternity” average GPA and that, of all the international fraternities, AEPi has the highest GPA.

Each AEPi chapter works with their local college or university to ensure that members are making acceptable academic progress. Most of our chapters have scholarship chairs who work with members (and especially pledges and new members) to confirm that we are providing the necessary tools and backing to get the best grades possible.

HAZING, HEALTH & SAFETY
Alpha Epsilon Pi has a zero tolerance policy towards hazing. We work with our chapters to develop positive new member education programs which teach the values and ideals of our fraternity. Additionally, we have a very strong policy – based in our Jewish values – towards such issues as respecting all in the campus community, alcohol and drug use, etc. To learn more about our risk management policies, click here. Should you or your son ever be concerned about the activities at a local chapter, we provide a toll-free hotline to our members and their parents to allow you to make an anonymous report of concerns.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Your son will have financial responsibilities when it comes to joining AEPi. At most schools, there is a one-time new member/initiation fee as well as semester membership dues. Depending on where your son goes to school will determine the amount of dues he will have to pay each semester. Additionally, many chapters will have requirements to live in the fraternity house for at least one year (this, too, varies from campus to campus depending on the housing situations). We never want financial circumstances to play a role in whether someone has the ability to join AEPi and, thanks to the generosity of alumni, undergraduates, parents and partners, the AEPi Foundation does provide some scholarships and grants to offset certain academic costs.

BUILDING JEWISH LEADERS
By now you have seen that AEPi is a different kind of fraternity – one based strongly in values and ideals and focused on a single mission: to develop leadership for the world’s Jewish communities. We are a non-sectarian, non-discriminatory fraternity open to all who agree to this mission and these principles and to building a better world for all.

CONTACT US

For more information about AEPi, please contact:

Jason Kirschtel
Director of Chapter Services
jkirschtel@aepi.org

Jonathan Bridge
Chief Programming Officer
jbridge@aepi.org