FAQs for Parents

Did you know?

  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men
  • 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity
  • 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men
  • 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity
  • Over $7 million is raised each year by Greeks nationally
  • As Alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities

 

Will AGO haze your son?

  • No. AGO has a strict policy against hazing. This is a Christ-centered fraternity and pledges are treated as brothers in Christ.

 

Will the time commitment of pledging have a negative effect on your son’s grades?

  • No. Our chapters have the highest scholastic averages of any fraternities at most of our universities and always surpass the university average. This is especially impressive since many of our chapters have a significant percentage of engineers and pre-med students.
  • Current members with the same major as your son are eager to help him with his schoolwork and provide guidance concerning which classes and professors he should and shouldn’t take.
  • Both learning in general and honoring God through schoolwork are strongly valued at AGO. Although the pledge process certainly entails a time commitment, it also includes study help and guidance from current members in how to improve time management skills.
  • See the testimonial below of how one of our members balanced much more than just pledging with his schoolwork

 

“Besides pledging AGO, I was involved with a few different campus organizations and leadership commitments while also pursuing my concurrent Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. I was heavily involved with the Trojan Marching Band, specifically as the concertmaster for its Concert Band, a member of its Basketball Band, and a volunteer for smaller gigs around town. Other leadership responsibilities included serving as the vice president of USC’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honors society, and volunteering as a science fair mentor for a local inner-city high school. I was also involved in a molecular and computational biology research lab, working on projects and supervising new student volunteers.

Surprisingly, AGO did not negatively affect my grades that semester. In fact, my GPA increased even though I was taking 20 semester units of coursework, including multiple upper division and graduate engineering classes. Somewhat counterintuitively, pledging AGO that semester forced me to be more disciplined with my study habits and social life; it ensured that I was 100% committed to the task at hand, whether it was working on a problem set or fulfilling pledge requirements.”

–  Mishan Rambukwella from AGO at USC