Frequently Asked Questions
what am I joining?
You are joining a national brotherhood and network of over 233,000 members that is considered a top-tier division 1 organization among all national fraternities. Although each chapter has things that make them unique, ATO is nationally respected as America’s Leadership Development Fraternity for providing men the opportunity to surround themselves with leaders that challenge them to always strive to be better than they were yesterday.
how do I join?
ATO recruits potential new members throughout the entire year including summer and winter breaks. We participate in both Formal and Informal Recruitment processes. Formal Recruitment, also known as "rush", is a 5 day process hosted through LSU IFC where you will visit with every chapter at LSU while following the schedule set beforehand. Informal Recruitment is our year round method of recruiting consisting of individual meetings with our Recruitment Chairmen and other members of our chapter.
what is a bid?
Once a man has decided that he would like to join ATO, and the members of the local chapter feel that he embodies the characteristics of a member of the fraternity, they can offer him a formal invitation to join – also known as a bid.
what about the time commitment?
If you think about your weekly schedule right now, you probably set aside times for things like lunch and studying. Joining ATO does not mean you have to rewrite your whole schedule! You can probably expect 3-4 hours per week, but that’s broken up into meetings, attending events, and doing things you already do daily – just with your brothers!
aren't all fraternities just like the one in "animal House"?
While Greeks enjoy an active social experience, it’s only a small portion of what it means to be a fraternity man. Looking at all fraternities through the lens of movies like “Animal House” is just perpetuating stereotypes. Last year alone, ATOs across the country raised over $8 million in service for many different causes! Too often, the stereotypical actions of individual Greek members are portrayed in today’s media, while ignoring the overwhelmingly positive impact chapters have in their communities and on the lives of our members overall.
what are ato's values?
ATO prides itself on being the first fraternity in history to be founded based upon Christian values and principles. Rather than founding ATO with Greek Mythology in mind, founder Otis Allan Glazebrook saw Christian values as a significantly more stable foundation and guide for young leaders to live their lives by. However, ATO accepts men of faith and no faith at all.
Aren't I just paying for friends?
If joining a fraternity meant only paying for a close circle of friends, then ATO’s mission as a fraternity would be far from met. By coming together with likeminded men and combining your resources, you can achieve things that might have just seemed like a really great idea discussed over lunch. Ideas like raising thousands of dollars for a cause, planning a weekend lake retreat, and organizing social events become a reality when you work together with your brothers!
will the fraternity help my son with job placement after graduation?
ATO is so much more than just the years you spend in college. Your time as an undergraduate ATO will without a doubt leave you with fond memories and a great deal of professional experience, but your journey as an ATO definitely doesn’t end after graduation. ATO is a lifelong organization with alumni all over the world, many who volunteer with chapters and mentor brothers. You will never have to say “I WAS an ATO in college”. No, “I AM an ATO for life!”
Since 1865, Alpha Tau Omega has been a provider of amazing opportunities for more than 230,000 men from over 250 chapters across the United States. The Epsilon Zeta chapter is consistently recognized for being a top twelve overall chapter of all ATO chapters nationwide and continues to innovate each year. As America’s Leadership Development Fraternity, ATO provides a great opportunity for young men who are looking for a truly unique fraternity experience.
Thank you for your interest in ATO. Please fill out the form below and our Recruitment Chairmen will get in contact with you soon.
I joined ATO because of its uniqueness among fraternities. This chapter has changed the meaning of brotherhood altogether, and has helped me create everlasting bonds for life. Despite being a large chapter, I always feel like my voice matters. Never have I regretted my decision in choosing ATO.
- Davis Wadle '20