97 Bay State Road
Phi Delta Theta is a nationally affiliated all male living option located in the back bay. Rush Chair Ajay A. Kulkarni ’01 said that the membership of PDT represents a “wide array of people” who “genuinely care about each other and the fraternity.” The chapter, which was the recipient of the Interfraternity Council chapter of the year award last year, holds to the “study hard, play hard” credo, Kulkarni said.
PDT’s $2,350 per term housebill includes five dinners and five lunches each week. House members live in singles, doubles, quads and quints. Freshmen can expect to live in the larger occupancy rooms.
Pledges at PDT traditionally take two trips during the fall: one to find the house Christmas tree and one to visit another chapter. A weekly meeting and freshmen work week at the end of IAP round out pledge duties. “A lot of what the pledge commitment is is the brother commitment,” Kulkarni said.
PDT is expecting to rush 12 to 13 freshmen this year.
Theta Delta Chi QDC
372 Memorial Drive
Theta Delta Chi is “a house that values our freedom a lot,” said rush chair Ming F. Wu ’00. TDC attempts to balance academics and social events so that members can “get your work done and still have a good time.”
TDC, a nationally affiliated fraternity, is located in the former dean’s mansion on the MIT campus a location, Wu said, and is convenient to campus. “You don’t need to go all the way to Boston,” to get away from the Insititute, Wu said. “When you walk through our doors it’s like its own little world.”
The pledge program at TDC “adapts to every single class” but usually strives to integrate new members into the house and teach them the history of the chapter while easing the transition to MIT and bringing the class together.
TDC’s $2,500 per term housebill includes meals and a social calendar.
Zeta Beta Tau ZBT
58 Manchester Road, Brookline
Zeta Beta Tau is a part of a non-pledging national brotherhood. Rush Chair Ara N. Knaian G described the house as a group of “laid back people who get very excited about their own interests.”
Freshmen are full members of the house and Knaian said that the new member program introduces freshmen to practical information about the house as well as its history. The program is “not a big time commitment.”
ZBT is located in Brookline but the house provides a van to shuttle residents to campus four times a day. In addition, 14 brothers own cars, Knaian said. The house is organized into singles, doubles and triples. Freshmen usually live in the latter two types of rooms.
The $2,600 per term housebill at ZBT includes meals, an open pantry, and a social budget. The fraternity is looking for around 12 to 15 new members this year.
Sigma Chi SC
532 Beacon Street, Boston
Debanjan Ray ’00, Sigma Chi rush chair, described his fraternity as “very well rounded.” Half of Sigma Chi’s brothers participate in varsity sports and the house’s GPA is among the best on campus, he said. The house also holds a social event every week.
Sigma Chi is a nationally affiliated fraternity. The fraternity’s pledge program includes a weekly pledge meetings and runs through the first term; initiation occurs at the end of IAP. Pledges may vote and hold office in the house and have the same duties as upperclassmen.
Sigma Chi is the oldest fraternity at MIT and its house is over 100 years old. The chapter is close to the national organization and received awards from the national for 24 of the past 25 years, Roy said.
Sigma Chi’s housebill of $2,500 per term includes meals and a social budget.
Kappa Sigma KS
407 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Kappa Sigma, located on west campus, features a “varied social calendar,” said Joseph W. Bingold ’01, rush chair. Bingold said that the fraternity enjoys its proximity to campus.
Freshmen living at Kappa Sigma can expect to live in a triple or a double that Bingold describes as “pretty roomy.” The pledge program at KappaSig requires a time commitment of around two hours a week and runs through the end of the fall term. The program introduces freshmen to the history of MIT, the chapter, and to the rest of the house. Pledges are encouraged to make improvements to the house as a group.
Kappa Sig’s $2,400 to $2,500 per term housebill is totally inclusive. “Nothing that we do here isn’t already on that housebill,” Bingold said.
Tau Epsilon Phi TEF
253 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Nicholas D. Matsakis ’01 described life at Tau Epsilon Phi as “inverted bungee jumping... breakdancing on a floor you just resurfaced yourself... waking up at 3 a.m. and knowing that someone else is awake and wants to hang out with you... stupid tep tricks... absolute freedom to be yourself... absolute freedom to express yourself.”
TEP is a nationally affiliated fraternity located in Back Bay. The TEP house is known for a number of interesting improvements including a hanging couch, a musical stairwell, a giant cargo net and a room filled with foam, Matsakis said.
Rooms at TEP range from singles to quads and are distributed “loosely based on seniority,” Mitsakis said. “If anyone is upset we start over,” he said.
There is “almost no new member program at TEP,” he said. The fraternity does not haze its pledges but “pledges sometimes haze the brothers.”
TEPs $2,200 per term housebill includes food, laundry, and a social calendar although residents can pay a smaller amount by not eating at TEP.
Sigma Phi Epsilon SFE
518 Beacon Street, Boston
Sig Ep is rushing for the first time since being reorganized by its national organization last year after an alcohol incident. About 10 people currently reside in the house.
The house is dry indefinitely following the incident, said Andrew H. Garza ’02, Sig Ep rush chair. The $2, 900 per term housebill at Sig Ep funds three meals each school day along with a comprehensive social calendar that includes house development activities. “Development and social go hand in hand,” Garza said.
MIT’s Sig Ep has taken on the “balanced man” project which means that “we don’t do pledges anymore,” Garza said. Freshmen are “full members of the fraternity when they join.” The program “takes you through all four years,” he said.
Sig Ep is looking for 15 to 20 new members this year.
Nu Delta ND
460 Beacon Street, Boston
Nu Delta is an all male fraternity located in Boston. The fraternity became independent from its national organization about 20 years ago. The $2,200 per term housebill includes housing and meals.
According to Rush Chair Robert W. Cox ’01, the members of Nu Delta “can’t really be characterized.”
The Nu Delta pledge program runs the length of the fall term and focuses on introducing pledges to the brothers and to each other.
Sigma Nu SN
28 The Fenway, Boston
Sigma Nu, a nationally affiliated fraternity, has moved into a new house over the summer and will be living next year in the former Phi Gamma Delta house at 28 The Fenway, Boston.
House President Justin M. Schmidt ’01 said that Sigma Nu is not being affected negatively by the move and is “pleased with how good the [house] is looking.”
He described Sigma Nu as a diverse group of people who are “of the same type of mind” and share a common set of ideals. “We live together as brothers,” Schmidt said. The fraternity voluntarily became dry last year by a unanimous vote of house members.
Sigma Nu’s housebill is $1,700 per term. The house is close to its national and often wins outstanding chapter awards, Schmidt said.
Alpha Epsilon Pi AEP
155 Bay State Road, Boston
Alpha Epsilon Pi is a culturally Jewish fraternity. Being Jewish is “certainly not required, but our members do tend to be Jewish,” according to Lewis H. Leiboh ’00. The house consists of “academically and socially driven” people interested in a variety of academic, athletic, and campus activities.
AEPi’s housebill is around $2,500 per term. Freshmen usually live in a “very large triple” or “occasionally a huge quad,” Leiboh said. The house consists of triples, doubles, and singles.
The pledge program at AEPi is one of the shortest at MIT, he said. It lasts around five weeks and involves no extra duties for freshmen; “everyone does the exact same amount of everything,” Leiboh said.
Pledges learn about history of their chapter and the national fraternity as well as meeting and getting to know the brothers.
Delta Kappa Epsilon DKE
403 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Delta Kappa Epsilon emerged from a summer suspension in time to rush this year. The fraternity will be dry for a year however as the result of an alcohol incident involving an Interphase student.
Freshmen living in the DKE house on MIT’s campus can expect to live in a double or a triple with other freshmen.
Rush Chair Peter C. Huang ’00 said that the “makeup of our house” is what sets DKE apart from other fraternities.
The fraternity’s pledge program lasts approximately one term during which time freshmen learn about the brothers and Boston.
Phi Kappa Sigma FKS
530 Beacon St.
Phi Kappa Sigma is a nationally affiliated fraternity. Rush chair Andrew J. Kim ’01 described the fraternity as “a brotherhood of individuals under one roof.” The house strives for the “perfect mix of academics and social life,” he said.
The $2,800 per term housebill at PKS includes dinner five nights a week and an open kitchen as well as a social program.
The pledge program at PKS requires a three or four hour time commitment per week and lasts 12 weeks. New members embark on a road trip and host a party during their pledge period but have no additional duties in the house.
The house has strong ties with its alumni, who donated $1 million to renovate the house last summer.
Phi Kappa Theta FKQ
229 Commonwealth Ave.
The brothers of Phi Kappa Theta, a nationally affiliated fraternity, enjoy attempting to “dominate [intramural] sports (excluding hockey)” and taking road trips on long weekends while trying to “find new and creative ways to amuse ourselves,” according to Rush Chair Bryan P. Perryman ’01.
The fraternity’s house bill of $2,100 a term includes dinner prepared by a professional chef each school night and an open pantry. Social activities, laundry and “everything else you could possibly desire,” are included ,” Perryman said.
PKT’s pledge program does not have a pre-determined length, he said. The pledge class is initiated when they are considered ready. Typical time commitment from pledges is approximately two hours per week. Pledges organize a trip, a party, and a community service event as well as a house improvement. The chapter was “recently recognized by our national organization as having the best Pledge Education Program” among PKT chapters, Perryman said.
Alpha Delta Phi ADF
351 Massachusetts Avenue
Alpha Delta Phi is nationally affiliated fraternity located north of MIT’s campus on Massachusetts Avenue. According to house member Christopher R. Rezek ’99, ADP is a literary fraternity and sponsors a campus-wide literary competition along with open-mic readings. Brothers actively pursue writing, music, and theater, Rezek said.
In addition to its literary activities house members compete in IM sports and “look forward to a kick-ass social year, including several campus-wide parties, sorority mixers, and private events,” Rezek said.
ADP’s housebill is $2,765 per term and includes meals and social events. The fraternity’s pledge program requires a varying commitment of from four to 12 hours per week and includes activities such as tutoring and conversations with brothers. The program focuses on developing relationships and critical thinking.
All brothers and pledges at ADP live in singles.
Beta Theta Pi BqP
119 Bay State Rd., Boston
Beta Theta Pi Rush Chair Justin B. Manor ’00 describes life at BTP as “just like the Real World, except it doesn’t suck, and the girls aren’t psycho.”
The nationally affiliated fraternity is located in Boston. A $2,500 per term housebill includes five hot meals, bagged lunches, breakfasts, an open kitchen, tons of parties and good DJs, Manor said.
BTPs pledge program lasts for one term and requires a time commitment of four hours per week. Pledges are introduced to fraternity members, throw a party and plan and execute a house improvement. They are required to clean the dishes and kitchen as an additional duty, Manor said.
The fraternity has good relations with its national organization and members “hang out with alumni on a day to day basis.”
Delta Upsilon DU
526 Beacon St., Boston
Delta Upsilon Rush Chair Jeffrey D. Stamler ’00 describes DU as “social, diverse, laid back, and friendly.” DU is a non-secret fraternity and freshmen can vote and hold house offices.
The fraternity’s $2,600 per term housebill includes a full time cook, social events including formals, and laundry.
DU’s pledge program lasts a term and requires a time commitment of eight hours a week. During the program, pledges perform community service, complete a house project and attend retreats. Pledges are responsible for additional cleaning duties that require less than two hours each week.
DU has strong relations with its national organization and alumni and was recognized by its national as one of the top five chapters in the nation. It was also recognized by MIT and DU national for superior alumni and public relations.
Alpha Tau Omega ATW
405 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Alpha Tau Omega Rush Chair Christopher J. Brocum ’00 said that ATO members “strive to be the best at everything we do. We study hard and we party harder.”
A $1,850 per term house bill includes lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday, a fully stocked open kitchen, and social events including formals and parties.
Pledges should expect to commit three hours a week to weekly pledge meetings and other activities including a pledge party, banquet, trip, brother interviews, and a pledge project. Each pledge is assigned a pledge job as an additional duty. Pledges do have full voting privileges in house meetings, however.
Brocoum said that ATO has an, “excellent alumni network stretching from Wall Street to Harvard Medical School to Microsoft to Top Gun.” ATO received the ‘True Merit’ recognition last year, the highest award of ATO’s national.
Phi Sigma Kappa FSK
487 Commonwealth Ave.
“Very laid back, fun-loving, and dedicated,” is the description that Andrew E. Zupnick ’00 gives of Phi Sigma Kappa. Zupnick, rush chair for PSK, said that PSK’s $2,500 housebill includes meals, social events, and house improvements.
PSK’s pledge program lasts a semester and requires a time commitment of four hours per week. Activities in the pledge program include pledge meeting, and group activities but “there’s nothing we ask the pledges to do that an upperclassman wouldn’t also want to do alongside him,” Zupnick said.
Theta Chi QC
528 Beacon St
Matthew B. Karau ’01, rush chair, said that at Theta Chi “personalities from all points on the spectrum make for a laid back and entertaining atmosphere.”
Theta Chi’s $2,350 per term housebill includes meals five nights a week, all social expenses, and an open pantry.
Karau said that TC’s pledge program lasts six weeks and requires a commitment of three hours per week. The program includes information about chapter and national history, TIPS training, a community service project along with individual house service projects, and a road trip to Theta Chi’s alpha chapter. Pledges also earn all five IFC “Stars of Education.”
Additional duties for pledges include a “weekly custodial engineering class” for first six weeks Otherwise, new members enjoy the same privileges as brothers.
As the Beta chapter of Theta Chi, the house has strong ties to their national organization.
Phi Beta Epsilon FBE
400 Memorial Drive
Rush Chair Dharmesh M. Mehta G describes Phi Beta Epsilon members as a group of “laid back and diverse guys making the most socially of their four years at MIT while not losing focus of academic and career goals.”
The local fraternity’s housebill is $2,700 per term and includes all social, athletic, and literary events as well as 18 meals a week.
PBE’s pledge program lasts for about one semester and requires a time commitment of about four hours per week, Mehta said.
The pledge program involves meetings, and small retreats. PBE pledges are required to answer the doorbell and phones and cook Sunday dinner, he said.
Theta Xi QX
64 Bay State Rd.
Theta Xi, a nationally affiliated fraternity, is located in the back bay.
According to Sterling J. Crockett ’00 Theta Xi’s $2,350 per term housebill includes meals, room, and utilities.
The pledge program requires about four hours of commitment each week and lasts for the duration of the first term. Pledges perform a skit, take a new member trip and throw a blacklight party.
In addition, pledges are required to clean the house on Saturday mornings.
The house has loose but friendly ties with national, and good relations with alumni.
Zeta Psi ZY
233 Massachusetts Ave.
A self described “laid back house,” Zeta Psi has a house bill of $2,500 per term and a pledge program consisting of house meetings, pledge meetings, road trips, and scavenger hunts. The nationally affiliated fraternity is located in Cambridge just north of campus.
Assistant Rush Chair Michael S. Bonnet ’00, in describing the house, said that there are “always people around to help out.” Zeta Psi is looking for 16 to 18 freshmen.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon SAE
484 Beacon Street
Sigma Alpha Epsilon offers doubles, triples, and quads to freshman, and has a house bill of $2,300 per term, which includes two meals six days a week.
SAE pledges spend six to eight weeks meeting and interviewing brothers in addition to learning the fraternity’s history. According to Jason Vivas ’00, “every [SAE] member is well-rounded”.
SAE has no expectations for the number of bids they will extend. SAE was suspended from last year’s rush due to a suspension for serving a freshman alcohol, as well as additional incidents including contacting freshmen over the summer for rush purposes while on suspension.
Pi Lambda Phi PLF
450 Beacon Street
Pi Lambda Phi’s house bill of approximately $2,500 includes 12 meals a week, plus an open kitchen for breakfasts and snacks.
Resident Matthew B. Burleigh ’02 especially likes the variety at PLP. “We don’t just rush people who’re into sports, or something, but if a freshman’s a cool guy, we’ll rush him; I think that’s unique,” he said.
The house is divided into three main floors, with a dining room and common room on the first floor. They also boast a beautiful roof deck, from which you can see the MIT skyline, Burleigh said.
There are generally social events every Friday, Burleigh said, and people hang out all weekend. During the week people are working, however, so they tone the socializing down.
Lambda Chi Alpha LCA
99 Bay State Road
The Lambda Chi Alpha semester bill of $2,800 per term covers 16 or 17 meals a week.
Their house has six floors, and rooms ranging from singles to triples, and quints. Freshmen could expect to live in triples or quints.
LCA hopes to get 13 pledges this year. The pledging process lasts about halfway through the spring semester, and pledge commitments take about an hour a week.
Note: Delta Tau Delta and Chi Phi refused comment when asked for information.