Why Rush Phi Psi?

Only you can answer that question for yourself. But why not look into the opportunity? Those of us who have joined Phi Psi have chosen to do so because we saw the opportunity the Chapter afforded us; the chance to be immersed in an environment which provides the best opportunity of attaining our individual goals.

We pride ourselves in seeking out the best and brightest. Phi Psi is like any investment. You put in time and effort and hope to get back some of the benefits. Phi Psi is an investment that will definitely give back what you’ve put in and more. Here at Iowa Alpha, no one will ever be arrogant enough to claim that the chapter will make any individual ‘better’. Those of us here at Iowa Alpha would make one claim though, that we will provide men with opportunities to reach their goals they have. Perhaps it would be interesting to look at what some of our recent graduates are up to, or some of the awards we have recently won. Update on Recent Graduates and Greek Awards.

Men in all facets of life have passed through our doors, and have gone on to pursue and achieve great things in countless professions. We offer an opportunity to become an integral part of something much greater than ourselves.

Recognizing and valuing the diversity of all, the Fraternity unites the principles and traditions of our past with the resources and creativity of our present to provide an environment in which our members can realize their highest potential. However, we realize that Phi Psi isn’t for everyone. We extend the offer to experience the entire scope of what Phi Psi can offer, and we encourage you to inquire within.

Leadership Development

We support our members, and recruit men who participate in worthwhile extracurricular activities within and beyond the chapter. Joining athletic, political, journalistic, cultural, or scholastic organizations on campus advances personal growth and leadership skills and is highly encouraged.

Elected chapter office positions allow members to facilitate leadership potential within the chapter, and those who are not elected to these positions have a venue to develop leadership qualities through appointed positions.

Individual brothers belong to or have recently been involved with various organizations at the UI and many assume key leadership positions around the UI campus. Here are just a few:

  • IFC — 2015 Interfraternity Council: President, VP of Risk Reduction and Management, VP of Marketing, and VP of Philanthropy and Community Service
  • University of Iowa Student Government – President
  • Order of Omega Greek Honor Society – President
  • University of Iowa Student Government – Speaker of the Senate
  • American Society of Civil Engineers – Social Chairman, Outreach Chairman
  • 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2010 Homecoming King
  • University Honors Program
  • Dance Marathon Executives and other members of leadership
  • Hope 4 Africa Presidents
  • Student Orientation Advisors
  • Army & Air Force ROTC Members
  • Iowa Icehawks Club Hockey Team Members
  • University Rugby team members
  • Financial Managment Association Members – President

Academic Achievement

Phi Psi’s goal is to help undergraduate men overcome the obstacles of collegiate life, thus preparing them for the challenges faced upon graduation. As a Phi Psi, you will have the advantage of being able to seek the advice of upperclassmen and to study with others who share similar goals and aspirations. Phi Psi expects its members to accept the challenge of developing their academic and leadership skills.

During the past year, we surpassed each of our scholastic goals. Those of which we are most proud include:

  • Our Chapter GPA was 3.16 for Spring 2014 and 3.17 for Fall 2014 {Highest of all IFC fraternities}
    • This is above the all female and all male University of Iowa average, as well as above the all sorority average
  • #1 Chapter GPA on campus 12 out of the last 13 semesters. (Of Chapters represented on IFC)

The National Fraternity annually awards more than $100,000 in scholarships to our members. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. We have recently had winners of such scholarships, including the largest two awards of $3,000 and $5,000 each.

Our new member program has incorporated within it a Pledge Father / Son system which appoints an older member of the chapter a new member of which the “father” maintains a status of academic progress to assure that the new member gets any and all help possible.

New Member Education

We ask that our members give 100% to their studies and the Fraternity. We want to ensure all new members have the information and skills they need to be good students, citizens and strong contributors to the chapter as a member. The real work to make the chapter successful begins after initiation.

We feel that pledge education (and all fraternity life) should be free of hazing, be it mental, physical, or emotional. We strictly enforce an anti-hazing policy and promote such an environment throughout the community.

By recruiting the caliber of men that we do, our new member educational process does not have to be of long duration which can deter new members’ progression. We find that our six week program is more than adequate for new members to become familiar with the chapter.

Community Service & Philanthropic Events

Community service is a fundamental part of the Phi Psi experience. We endeavor to help the community whenever we can by donating the time and manpower in fundraising events and community service projects. In the most recent semester (Fall 2015) we completed and logged over 2,000 of community service!

Some examples are below:

  • The men of Phi Psi brought a new organization onto Iowa’s campus in 2011, Testies 4 Breasties. The organization aims to raise breast cancer awareness by having men complete a 5K race while carrying a 50 pound backpack.
  • The first-ever pond hockey philanthropy at Iowa was created by Phi Kappa Psi in the Winter of 2015.
  • Phi Psi sponsors and awards the Nile C. Kinnick Freshman Scholarship annually to outstanding freshman men as well as the Michael Junker Memorial Scholarship to a Phi Psi best exemplifying brotherhood.
  • Annual Phi Psi/Kappa Alpha Theta philanthropic event to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
  • Dance Marathon participants, committee members, morale captains, and morale captain assistants — a university-wide (student organized) effort that raises over $2 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research (In the past 2 years Phi Psi has raised over $60,000)
  • Other UI Greek Philanthropic Events {ie. Alpha Phi Pancake Breakfast, Alpha Chi Omega “Around the World” lunch, Chi Omega Caddies, Delta Delta Delta Day on the Diamond, Alpha Delta Pi Fiesta, Kappa Kappa Gamma Kick Off, Delta Gamma Anchorsplash}
  • UIHC — University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics volunteers
  • Mercy Hospital volunteers
  • Habitat For Humanity Volunteers
  • Tutors for Special Support Services and local children
  • Penn Elementary School Tutors
  • Iowa City Hospice Races
  • Blood / clothes drives
  • Big Brothers / Sisters mentors


2014-2015 Rates Live Out Members Live In Members
(double room w/ air)
Dorm Room
(double w/ air) 14 meals/wk
Room/board (17 meals/week) $5,820/yr $8,722/yr
Chapter Dues (all members must pay)* $1,740/yr $1,740/yr $0
Total Cost $1,740/yr $7,560/yr $8,722/yr


In addition, initiated and new members who do not live in the chapter house may eat at the house.

We take great pride in our physical structure and therefore keep it maintained as well as possible. Improvements and additions are continuously discussed such as our new air conditioning, wi-fi internet throughout the house, basketball court, chapter sound system, and pool table. Over the past two years, we have extensively remodeled our first, second and third floors; please take a look at the pictures of the completed renovations here!

Members living in the house have 14 meals per week, parking, laundry, and utilities included in their payments outlined above.

There is also a one-time pledge fee of $50 and initiation fee of $250.

*Money from dues cover expenses associated with brotherhood events, intramural sports fees, social events, special events (ie. Homecoming, Mother’s and Father’s Weekend, and Greek Week), liability insurance as well as funding for national scholarships and awards. Live-Out Members must pay $1,740 per year in dues and other fees, the fourth cheapest on campus.

More detailed information is available on any of the preceding; if interested you are in rushing please email our current Recruitment Chairman, AJ Smith at