Q: What kind of organization is Theta Tau?
A: Theta Tau is a professional engineering fraternity. The purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship. We separate ourselves from being a social fraternity because we emphasize professionalism as a common goal. Nonetheless, we hold many social events, such as intramural sports, retreats, and fraternity potluck dinners, all of which foster brotherhood.
Q: Is Theta Tau Co-Ed?
A: Yes. Theta Tau is a Co-ed National Professional Fraternity; we recruit high-achieving men and women. Theta Tau has been Co-ed since the late 1970′s.
Q: Do I have to be an engineer to join Theta Tau?
A: Yes, you need to be in one of the following engineering majors while you are a pledge:
- Civil Engineering (CE)
- Computer Engineering (CompE)
- Computer Science (CS)
- Electrical Engineering (EE)
- Mechanical Engineering (ME)
- Chemical Engineering(ChemE)
- Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET)
Once you are initiated into Theta Tau, you are a member for life even if you switch majors.
Q: Is Theta Tau an honor society?
A: Although we promote scholarship and require a certain GPA for initiates, Theta Tau is not an honor society.
Q: Why should I consider Theta Tau?
A: What makes Theta Tau great is the development of its members. The area between social fraternity and honor society allows us to create an environment where students can grow academically, professionally, and socially. Professionalism is paramount, yet at the same time we don’t forget about the fundamental, social aspect of brotherhood; we ultimately help each other become well-rounded men and women. Theta Tau is a strong professional and social network that will last for life.
Q: What is “Rushing”?
A: “Rushing” is an open invitation for eligible students to learn about becoming a member of Theta Tau. Rush is usually held during the first few weeks of the fall and spring semesters. During this time you will see signs posted saying “Rush Theta Tau.” Theta Tau holds Rush events where we give out pizza, go bowling, BBQ, play sports among other activities. During this time, you first meet the members of Theta Tau and they get to meet you. The purpose is to let the brothers of Theta Tau know you are interested in joining. You also learn about the fraternity and the upcoming pledge process so you can make an informed decision about joining. During the two rush weeks, you are encouraged to come to as many rush events as possible. You should introduce yourself to the members and ask any questions they may have about Theta Tau. At the end of the rush period, the members of Theta Tau choose who will receive a bid to continue on to the pledge process.
Q: What is “Pledging”?
A: “Pledging” Theta Tau is a continuing promise by the student to become an active member of the fraternity. If you choose to accept an extended bid, you will undergo the pledge process. The pledge period lasts for about 8 weeks. During this time you learn some history about the fraternity, important Theta Tau facts, and you bond with your fellow pledge brothers and soon to be fraternity brothers. Throughout the pledge period, different requirements are asked of the pledges. As a pledge class you learn teamwork, professional development, and what it means to be a member of Theta Tau.
Q: Are there any requirements to be initiated into Theta Tau?
A: Yes, there are several requirements:
- Attend the weekly pledge meetings
- Pay the pledge fee on time. Please see the question about fees below
- Complete the pledge project. The Pledge Educator will let you know more about it later
- Pass the National and Chapter Exams
- Attend initiation
Q: What if I cannot make it to events due to conflicts?
A: Pledges and members are highly encouraged to attend their respective meetings and activities. However, school comes first. As we are all students, we recognize the importance of having time to study. If a class or review conflicts with a meeting or activity, academics have top priority.
If you know you are going to absent, pledges should contact the Pledge Educator; members should contact the Scribe.
Q: What are “big brothers”?
A: A big brother is a member of Theta Tau assigned to act as a mentor to a pledge. Big brothers help the pledges adjust to Theta Tau and offer any advice they may have about courses, the fraternity, among other things.
Q: Are there any fees?
A: Yes, as with most student organizations on campus, there are initiation and member fees. The Pledge Dues are $260. This fee is paid only one time (the semester you Pledge).This fee covers cost of materials, a T-shirt, as well as national fees.
The member dues are $180 per semester.
If you are concerned about paying the fees, contact the treasurer and a payment plan can be arranged.
Q: What is “hazing” and will I be hazed?
A: Absolutely not. Theta Tau has a strict no-hazing policy.
Q: Is there a Theta Tau house on campus?
A: We do not have an official house.
Q: How do I correctly pronounce the “Tau” in Theta Tau?
A: Good question. In your physics or math classes, “tau” probably rhymes with “how” or “cow,” which is the correct pronunciation for the modern Greek letter. However, in our name, “tau” rhymes with “saw” or “law,” which is the pronunciation for the classical Greek letter.