Why Pike?

"Pi Kappa Alpha will set the standard of integrity, intellect, and achievement for our members, host institutions, and the communities in which we live."

Pi Kappa Alpha provides the opportunity to better yourself. Become a better friend, a better citizen, a better man. This is our goal embodied in the True PIKE ideals. It’s about being committed. Committed to a life of caring for others as you care for yourself.

For nearly 150 years, Pi Kappa Alpha has provided this transformational experience to the men who join our ranks, We shape young men. They go on to shape the world. It’s at the core of who we are.

Pi Kappa Alpha seeks men who are serious about their studies, aspire to develop their leadership skills, have a competitive spirit – and most importantly – ascribe to conduct themselves as gentlemen.

In short – we seek Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen.


Students enroll in college to get a quality education. The Fraternity places a strong emphasis on scholarship and on educating our members both inside and outside of the classroom. Through minimum GPA standards, mentor programs, educational programming, and PIKE University (https://www.pikes.org/pike-u) events, members are equipped to excel academically.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Dr. Stephen R. Covey
Utah, Alpha Tau ’50
Author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"

The Pi Kappa Alpha Educational Foundation offers annually over $250,000 to our undergraduate members through 120+ national and local scholarship programs.

Joe O'Shea
Florida State, Delta Lambda '04
Rhodes Scholar and Student Body President


PIKE provides an arena for developing leadership skills that will benefit members throughout their lives.

I strongly benefited from the broad range of leadership experiences I received as president of my PIKE chapter.

Jeff Taylor
UMass, Theta Mu ’79
Founder and Former CEO of Monster.com

Chapters are organized similar to a corporation, led by an executive team of undergraduates. The executive team oversees various committee chairs in the areas of finance, operations, recruitment, and continuing education to name a few. There are numerous opportunities to hone your leadership and management skills.

By being a part of one of the largest fraternal organizations in North America, our members enjoy the opportunity to not only gain elite leadership experience while in college, but to network with our highly successful alumni in their post-graduate careers.

PIKE University is North America's premier fraternal leadership training conference series with over 10 regional and international events every year. With curriculum rivaling the caliber of any corporate training program, Pike U develops principled leadership, management, and personal development in a way that prepares our members for success in life.


PIKE believes athletic competition encourages young men to challenge each other and to perform at their highest levels. We seek men who push themselves to be great at everything they do.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

Steve Prefontaine
Oregon, Gamma Pi ’70
Track and Field Hall of Fame

We believe that through athletic competition, we build teamwork skills fundamental to success in the business world, bolster unity within the chapter, contribute to the physical and mental health of our members, and improve the quality of the overall college experience. Competition breeds excellence—in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in our daily lives.


PIKE is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character. We seek men that respect themselves, their peers, and their communities, as stated in our True Pike values.

Character is definitely the most important attribute that a young man possesses.

Bobby Bowden
Samford, Alpha Pi ’49
College Football Coaching Legend

Former PIKE chapter president

Members are encouraged to participate in community service and philanthropy opportunities presented by our chapters. PIKE believes that a commitment to service is a crucial part of personal development.

Pikes also learn social skills and etiquette through membership development programs, as well as mixers and formals.