how to join
At the start of each semester, the Beta Iota chapter here at New York
University has an Open House Information Session where everyone can
come and learn more about the chapter and Alpha Phi Omega. Please check
the Announcements page for more specific
details on the date, time, and location.
All prospective members (pledges) who are interested in joining APO
have to go through a pledging process. This usually lasts for about
6-9 weeks, and it gives pledges a chance to meet and get to know active
members not just here from the university, but all across the nation
as well. Pledges are also given the opportunity to learn more about
the organization, and to participate in its many events. Each year,
we conduct dozens of community service projects (e.g. AIDS Walk, blood
drives, Halloween parties for hospitalized children, etc.), in addition
to our many social events (dinners, movies, parties).
The purpose of this pledging process is to give prospective members
a chance to evaluate APO for themselves, and to decide if it is something
they would dedicate themselves to as full-fledged participants. It also
gives active members the opportunity to interact with pledges, so that
we can decide if they are suitable for membership. The only thing we
really look for is a sincere desire for community service.
Please note that Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed fraternity, but despite
what has been depicted on television and the media on fraternal
life elsewhere, APO has an extremely strict NO HAZING policy.
We would never force any prospective or active member to do anything
that would discomfort or embarrass them. First and foremost, the Beta
Iota chapter is an organization committed to service and friendship.
If you have any further questions about the pledging process or our
organization, please feel free to check the F.A.Q.,
or e-mail us at the address listed on the Contact