Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Triangle is a social fraternity recognized by IFC. Triangle also puts emphasis on supporting our brothers in their goals for academic, professional, and social success which we feel makes us unique. We like to say we’re a STEM fraternity with social and leadership programs that better our men every day.
As for no Greek letters, we’re one of several fraternities that does not use Greek letters. Our founders felt the “Delta-T” was a better symbol of what we stood for and more representative of the STEM focus of our fraternity. With that said, we are still full members of the Pitt Greek community and always strive to do so.
Most brothers find that being in Triangle actually helps them manage their time better. We have regular meetings and events we plan for you, so you don’t have to worry so much about what you’re going to do next week. We have members who know your classes, instructors and course load and can guide you to prepare more efficiently. Our chapter also has a set academic plan for all new members, which has seen great success.
Anything worth doing is going to take time, but we can help you get the most from the time you have. If you sit down and calculate every hour of the week and mark out classes/labs, study, sleep, exercise, meals and any other demands on your time, the average student will still come up with over 30 hours a week not committed to something. With an investment of a few of those hours, we’ll help you get much more out of your college experience and graduate more marketable
If someone asked you if you’d pay 5% more tuition to have a better college experience and be more marketable when you graduate, almost everyone would say “YES!!”. That’s what Triangle does! It may be a slight extra cost but the value of the benefits is worth much more than the cost.
“It’s not the price, it’s the package”. Joining a fraternity is an additional cost of going to college, but it’s really a value-add worth much more than the cost. Non-members will still have expenses for entertainment, travel, food, events and other things to offset their academic experience. Fraternities plan and deliver those to you, so they’re interesting, meet your needs and save you time and money.
In addition – and perhaps most important – we are the only men’s STEM fraternity, to not only support your academic goals, but have leadership and education programs to build skills to make you more competitive in the job market. Finally, we have a network of successful alumni around the world working in the top STEM companies you want to work for.
Anyone smart enough to pursue an engineering or other technical degree knows it’s going to be a challenge. Every single member in our chapter has been in your shoes and understands your situation. You will have a group of men who understand when you need to study and can’t come to a meeting, because we’re in the same position.
We’ll support – and expect – your commitment to study and academic excellence, because it’s consistent with our values and our own personal goals. Just ask a few of our current brothers and many will tell you they may not have made it through their degree without the help of their Triangle brothers and the academic plan our chapter offers.
Good, because we don’t treat men like that and have zero tolerance for hazing. Our new member education program is based on orientation, education and values. We want you to know about Triangle history and traditions, but we also want you to be a fully functional and contributing member of the chapter and potential leader for your campus and community.
Furthermore, each one of our brothers signs an anti-hazing statement in our student code of conduct.
Perhaps the coolest thing about Triangle is its focus on STEM professions, so almost all our alumni are direct connections with careers and companies you want. Most other fraternities don’t have that kind of network. It starts to benefit you through access to internships and co-ops, but there also are a lot of mentoring relationships that develop and continue past college.
A few of our most successful alumni tell us it was a Triangle connection that helped them secure financing for their new company or find just the right person to fill an important leadership position. The fact that so many Triangle brothers are engineers and researchers provides a unique connection and frame of reference. It also means we have a lot of really smart people who are good at solving problems.
But perhaps the best part of helping you find a job by graduation is the skills we build in our brothers. The social and leadership skills Triangle can provide to otherwise smart men can make the difference between a job where you sit in a cubicle crunching numbers or one that puts you in front of clients or in charge of project teams. There are a lot of brilliant engineers and scientists who don’t know how to talk with people. That’s an advantage we want you to have and one that is recognized by employers.
First-years can join an FSL organization only after they have successfully completed 12 or more college credits. For further inquiries and requirements, please look for the question “What are the requirements to join Triangle?” within this page.
All the students interested in joining the Triangle Fraternity here at the University of Pittsburgh should satisfy the following requirements:
- Should have completed 12 or more college credits.
- Should meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5/4.0
- Must be in a good academic standing with the University.
If all the above requirements are satisfied, a student must then complete the following:
- Sign up for an FSL 101 session.
- Complete the Grade Release/Hazing Agreements
While these are the minimum requirements for the community, some chapters may have higher GPA requirements for their potential members.
Please visit our IFC Guidelines section within the Join Our Chapter page for further help.
Every fraternity and sorority are different and unique in their own way. Fraternities and sororities bear minimum to no resemblance as to how they are depicted on Television and in movies. The best way to find out would be to go to an event held by a fraternity or sorority to see for yourself. To get in touch with Pitt Triangle, please fill out our interest form and we will be happy to assist you further.
Fraternity and sorority organizations, just like many other campus groups, do require members to pay specified dues. These dues are used to financially support the everyday activities of the organization. The dues are mainly required to fund exciting programs for all the members of the organization along with the opportunity of making life-long friends and to establish a feeling of home away from your home
The best way to decide if Triangle is a good fit is to meet current members and ask questions. Attending the recruitment events held by us is a perfect chance to learn more about the fraternity and to decide if our values are in line with your own.
We understand that it is very important to find people you connect with and we are here to help you to the best of our abilities and answer any further questions you might have regarding this matter. Please reach out to us by filling out our interest form to get in touch with the current members.
No. Attending recruitment events is an opportunity for you to visit the organizations, meet and talk with the current members, make new friends, and to see what it is like to be around such group so that you may assess whether or not you would like to be a part of it.
ust be yourself during the recruitment and let the conversation flow naturally. Asking questions is highly encouraged. The organizations are presenting themselves to you just as you are presenting yourself to them. Remember, everyone likes to talk to someone who is friendly, has comments to make, and questions to ask
Absolutely! Our brothers even encourage each other to participate and get involved in other activities or organizations around the campus. Students often find out about other interesting activities on campus with the help of their peers in Greek-Life. The great part about going Greek is often having people to join new clubs or intramural sports with!