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Q: What is the purpose of Acacia? Why should I join?
A: Our mission is this: “To strengthen the ties of friendship, one with another; to prepare ourselves as educated men to take a more active part and to have a greater influence in the affairs of the community in which we may reside; and, above all, to seek the truth and knowing it, to give light to those with whom we may be associated as we travel along life's pathway.” There are a lot of great fraternities out there, and only you can decide which one is right for you. Here are a few reasons why Acacia Fraternity should be on your short list: 
  1. Acacia values academics
  2. Acacia develops leaders
  3. Acacia promotes and values fitness
  4. Acacians know how to have fun
  5. Acacians help better the communities in which they reside.
Q: How much does it cost to be a member of Acacia?
A: The cost to live in the Acacia Fraternity chapter house is significantly less expensive than living in a residence hall on the Oregon State campus. It costs $2500 per term (or $833 per month); this cost includes ten meals per week and all utility expenses. Our chapter house includes free washers and dryers, high-speed internet, and cable, among many other amenities. The cost to be a member that does not live in the chapter house is $350 per term (or $116 per month). This cost includes the cost of meals and social functions that are guaranteed to live-in members. All members are required to pay yearly membership dues to our international fraternity headquarters of $240. Joining Acacia includes a one-time $85 “pledging” fee and a one-time $250 fee for initiation; these joining fees go directly to our international headquarters.
Q: If I join Acacia, do I have to move into the chapter house?
A: Although we do encourage people to move into our chapter house if they are able to, it is certainly not required to become a member. However, becoming a member of Acacia means committing to live in the chapter house for two years at some point in time unless excused for good and sufficient reason(s). For most members, this is by no means a burden and is considered central to the fraternity experience. Living in the chapter house allows brothers to build strong relationships with one another and become enveloped in an environment of positive peer pressure—one that encourages academic success and personal growth.
Q: What are the living arrangements if I decide to live in the chapter house?
A: Each member is allowed to pick his own roommate and study room. Senior members may have the ability to occupy a study room without a roommate. Study rooms are for general living use. This includes studying, relaxing, storing personal belongings, etc. However, members are strongly encouraged to not sleep in their study rooms, but instead sleep in our house sleeping porch. Our sleeping porch is equipped with many beds and bunks that we provide for our members, with the ability to house approximately 45 members.
Q: Is Acacia a real fraternity? Why doesn’t Acacia have two or three Greek letters?
A: Acacia is in fact a “real” fraternity. For many fraternities, the two or three Greek letters that compose their name are an abbreviation for a motto or the name of their mentor. Our fraternity was founded in 1904 by fourteen Master Masons and given the name “Acacia” to designate “Distinctiveness and Leadership among Mankind.” Acacia is the only founding member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) to have chosen a Greek word for its name instead of Greek letters. We are unique and so is our name.
Q: What types of guys join Acacia?
A: All types of men join Acacia. While most men join as freshmen or sophomores, others join as juniors and seniors. We also recruit transfer students and non-traditional students as we see fit. Our members are going to Oregon State to study a variety of different subjects from philosophy, history, and political science to engineering, computer science, physics, and biology. Having members with different backgrounds and experiences is what makes the fraternity a great organization. Each individual is invited to share his talents with the group. We look for campus leaders, athletes, scholars, and gentlemen!
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: A pledge seeking membership will likely spend at least two to three hours per week with the fraternity. This time may be spent at our formal dinner that we have most Monday nights to conduct chapter business, or spent doing new member education, or spent helping the community in one form or another. Full-fledged members will have a similar minimum time commitment, but most members will spend more time with the fraternity and their brothers by choice not obligation. 
Q: What is Acacia’s position on hazing?
A: Hazing is strictly forbidden by Acacia Fraternity, Oregon State University, and the different levels of local government. Acacia takes pride in having a uniquely strong sense of brotherhood. Physical and mental hazing does not promote good brotherhood and therefore has no place at Acacia. You can fully expect never to be hazed during your experience in Acacia Fraternity.
Q: Are the members involved in activities outside of the fraternity?
A: Yes! Members are involved in a variety of activities outside of our fraternity including student government (ASOSU), the school newspaper (The Daily Barometer), the Memorial Union Programming Council (MUPC), the student fees committee (SIFC), the student radio station (KBVR), Global Formula Racing (GFR), OSU Solar Car team, OSU Logger Sports the cultural centers, teaching assistant positions, college-specific advocates and ambassadors, and various clubs just to name a few. Members are encouraged to become a part of different organizations and to take leadership roles in those organizations as well.
Q: I want to succeed academically. Will membership in Acacia help or hinder my efforts?
A: The order of priorities for an Acacian is academics first, Acacia second, and all other campus activities come next. Acacia stresses academic achievement. We know its importance and help you achieve it as well. We have strong academic programming as a chapter to assure the academic success of our members. Members participate in study tables in our chapter house library (that is a designated as a 24-hour quiet area) or in the Oregon State Valley Library in order to develop positive study habits. Members that fail to meet our minimum GPA requirement are not allowed to participate in social events until they meet with an academic advisor and develop a personal study plan for the term. Additionally, our chapter scholarship chair works with individuals to insure that they are successful and that the chapter house remains an environment conducive for studying.
Q: I heard that Acacia emphasizes leadership. What opportunities will I have in Acacia to develop myself as a leader?
A: At Acacia, you’re in charge. The fraternity experience offers you the opportunity for hands on training in the operation of an organization. If you choose to run for an office within our chapter, you gain the invaluable experience of leading an ambitious group of young men and have the potential to carry your experiences into your future endeavors as a young professional. Through the variety of opportunities for leadership and growth, you will have alumni available to offer guidance in your efforts. We also encourage brothers to take part and become leaders in different campus organizations. We encourage all of this in order to develop personal growth, strengthen internship positioning, and help members develop their résumé.
Q: What sorts of community service opportunities will I have with Acacia?
A: The motto of Acacia Fraternity is “Human Service.” As such, it remains our mission and purpose as young men to fulfill this motto to the best of our ability. Whether raising funds for charity through Greek house philanthropies or volunteering our time to help others in the community, you’ll find that Acacia is committed to serving others. From volunteering at local Corvallis schools to volunteering and donating at blood drives, service remains a fun and important part of membership in Acacia.
Q: What intramural sports does Acacia participate in?
A: Acacia works to participate in all the intramural sports that Oregon State has to offer. We consistently compete in flag football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, bowling, Ultimate Frisbee, and softball, but field teams in other sports as they are offered. Acacia strongly encourages physical activity in hopes that everyone gets involved in one form of intramural sports or another. Acacia holds that working together as a team is a great way to get to know your brothers and to strengthen the ties of friendship.
Q: What activities are the membership involved with outside of the house?
A: Members in the house are involved with organizations, clubs and groups such as  Net Impact, Humans vs. Zombies, Freemasonry, Knights of Columbus, OSU Symphony Club, CBEE student Club, ASCE, Portland Police Cadet Program, Athletic Training Club, Lutheran Campus Ministries Club, Tempostorm, IM Sports Refereeing, UHDS Residence Assistant Staff, Rec Sport Advisory Board, MUPC, Teaching Assistant Staff, International Baccalaureate Mentorship Program, Dept. of Biomedical Science Research, Pre-Med Club, Vietnamese Student Association, Asian Pacific American Student Union, Running Club, Robotics Club and the Stephenson Childcare Association.
Q: My question isn’t answered here. Who can I ask?
A: Feel free to contact our Recruitment Chairmans:
  • Joey Orton, email: Ortonj@oregonstate.edu or (503) 400-2267*
  • Jon Weinberg, email: Weinberj@oregonstate.edu or (916) 316-0035*

*Phone calls from potential new members and their parents only please