Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a business major to become a member?

Generally, our members are business or economics related majors or minors. With that being said, exceptions can be made if your curriculum has a business focus, so long as you send in your required course list to our Chapter President to be approved by Nationals. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to reach out at pct.psu.president@gmail.com.

What is the difference between a social and a professional fraternity?

Professional fraternities foster brotherhood the same way social fraternities do, and add an extra element by focusing on certain types of careers (such as business), which gives the brothers and sisters the opportunities to help each other academically, to develop their professional interests, and to network for the future. Professional fraternities are generally co-ed, while social fraternities are often specific to men and social sororities for women.

Can I be a member of a social fraternity or sorority and Phi Chi Theta?

Yes; since one is a professional fraternity and one is social, they are considered to be different types of organizations, and therefore there is no conflict of interest involved by being in both.

What are the time commitments as a pledge of Phi Chi Theta?

As a pledge of Phi Chi Theta, you are immediately welcomed into the family and treated as a brother. Pledges attend all weekly chapter meetings, professional workshops, host a pledge class philanthropy event, fundraise for the chapter, and more! The pledge process is not only manageable, but it's fun!

What are the time commitments as a member of Phi Chi Theta

As a Brother or Sister of Phi Chi Theta, there are various professional, brotherhood, fundraising, and philanthropy events, as well as chapter meetings, social gatherings, and more! An average week as a PCT Brother or Sister would most likely include 1-3 hours of events spread out over the week, and is a very manageable time commitment.

What leadership opportunities are available?

Beginning with your pledge class, leadership opportunities are immediately made available within the pledge class. Upon initiation, you are immediately made available to run for one of our 51 leadership positions in the form of the Executive Board, the Board of Directors, and chair positions. 

Is there only one time to rush per year?

No. We hold rush in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

If I do not receive a bid, can I rush again?

Yes! We encourage those who did not receive a bid to rush again. Several of our members rushed multiple times before receiving a bid. 

What is the difference between casual, business casual, and business professional attire?

Casual attire is a conservative t-shirt, jeans, and closed toed shoes.

 

Business casual attire for men is a polo shirt or button down collar oxford shirt, pressed slacks, and leather shoes; for women, it is twin sweater sets, pressed blouses, skirts with length near the knee, or pressed slacks, and conservative closed toed shoes.

 

Business professional attire for men is described as a solid-color conservative suit with tie, with polished leather shoes and dress socks; for women, it is described as coordinating blouse with polished leather shoes.

 

Your attire should reflect your standards and professionalism. In dress, judgement, good taste, and sensitivity are important. We suggest doing more research online if you are still unsure of what is appropriate.

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