Other than Chillain’s comment on fraternities. What do the rest of you guys thing? Good idea, bad idea? [/quote]
Depends. They are a great way to make quick friends and get laid often, and can definitely ensure that you won’t be bored most nights. Easy to get alcohol (until you are 21), help with schoolwork every now and then, and it’s a place to crash if you wanna party 'til you drop.
On the other hand, there is the Hell Week, hazings, general obligations (sometimes monetary), etc…
Some frats come off as a collection of shady characters desperate to have friends, appear hip, and mack the gullible freshman girls, whereas others are a collection of cool guys. The sororities they affiliate with should be a factor, but keep in mind that you will be spending a lot of time with these guys, so it’s a wise move to make sure you get along with them.
Ultimately, it will depend on the particular frat. It never hurts to have the resources and loyalties of a bunch of guys when you’re new to the whole college thing, and you’ll definitely have no trouble meeting girls, but it can be a huge distraction from your academics if you can’t keep your head on straight.