When entering college, you certainly expect to encounter a few written assignments. What you perhaps didn't foresee is one of those assignments being a written letter of interest for the fraternity you desire to join. While seemingly pointless and possibly archaic, writing a letter of interest to your chosen fraternity could be the make it or break it factor in your acceptance to the organization.

Introduce yourself to the fraternity. Cite any hobbies, interests, or special talents you have and highlight anything that makes you stand out from the rest. If your family has a beach house in the Hamptons, now is the time to highlight that plus.

Prove you've done your research. It's common for college students to want to join a fraternity, but it's your job to show them why this fraternity is the one you want to join. Look at the fraternity's mission statement, philanthropy projects, and their reputation on campus. Let them know you've done your research and where you fit-in.

Reassure the fraternity of your academic prowess. Many college campuses have a minimum GPA required of their campus affiliated fraternal organizations. Your future brothers need to be reassured that you will raise, not lower that average. Cite your academic performance in high school and your academic ambitions for college.

Remind the fraternity of any connections you may have. If any relatives were members, let the fraternity know. Even slight connections are worth the effort; name dropping can never hurt. In addition, you should request a letter of support from these individuals. A letter of support is like a recommendation letter in which the fraternity alum gives you their stamp of approval.

Tip

  • Don't limit yourself to applying to one fraternity. Just like the college application process, it is best to increase your chances of being accepted, by applying to several.