Skip to main content
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The Big Q Blog


What are the pros and cons of fraternity membership?

When Bobby first arrived on campus, he didn't know a single person. Making an effort to meet people, Bobby went to a fraternity party where the members tried to convince him to come out for rush the following week. They seemed pretty cool, and Bobby was excited to have met some new guys who seemed to like him already. Bobby has heard all the typical fraternity stereotypes: heavy partiers, skirt chasers, users, etc. He has also heard that fraternities can act as very exclusive clubs, and that brothers only interact with other members. However, Bobby also knows that stereotypes are often wrong.

While Bobby has never been a huge partier, and he really doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a "frat boy," he really does want to find a good setting to get to know his classmates. Should he go out for rush and see what it's like or wait for another opportunity to meet people?

Here are some resources you might find useful:

Hazing Study

A Framework for Ethical Decision Making


Photo by Wolfram Burner available under Attribution- Non Commercial- No Derivs License.


Subscribe to The Big Q

* indicates required