"Fellowship - Scholarship - Character"

Recruitment

Alpha Tau Omega is dedicated to recruiting both formally and informally, in-state and out, and amongst all years of education. You will find that many of the ATO's at KU were not initially interested in Greek Life.

Most of our members are informally recruited. This consists of sit downs, cook outs, hanging out, lunches and other events where we get to know about you and you get to know about us. Feel free to contact us about recruitment. We will be more than happy to guide you through the process and set up a meeting. We have members all across the country and world with over 250,000 lifetime members who would be willing to talk about our organization. 

Some members are recruited through the Formal Recruitment Sessions hosted by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) in the Summer. These opportunities give students the options to tour and learn about numerous fraternities as well as Greek Life at KU in general. If you are interested or would like to know more information about Formal Recruitment check out IFC's website​ (www.kuifc.org).

ANTI-HAZING Policy - We do not tolerate hazing in any shape or form. No one should ever feel as if they need to earn their membership through demeaning tasks. Becoming a member of Alpha Tau Omega at the University of Kansas means having Love and Respect for your brothers. We provide a strong commitment to each other and at the end of the day we will always be brothers. We guarantee that you will not be hazed during your time as a new member. So far we have never had to deal with any instances of hazing, but if any instance ever does arise, the executive board will handle it personally. 

If you are interested in learning about ATO and possibly becoming a member please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and someone will get back to you ASAP!

Students, Parents and Guardians: If you have any questions regarding finances, housing, hazing, etc., please contact our President at KansasATOPres@gmail.com.

Basic Info

Quick Facts and Awards

  • True Merit Bowl Recipient (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

  • 2014 and 2016 ATO National Top Chapter Runner-Up (Out of 140+ ATO Chapters)

  • 5x KU IFC Chapter of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), IFC Chapter of the Year Runner-Up (2020)

  • 3x Homecoming Champions (2013, 2014, 2018); Placed 2nd in 2015 and 2017

  • Rock Chalk Revue Audience Choice Award (2020)

  • Excellence in Service, Philanthropy, Scholarship, Recruitment, and Academics (KU Greek Awards)

  • Since 2009, 17 brothers have been selected as KU Men Of Merit

Academic Performance

  • Consistently within Top 3 of all Fraternities at KU

  • Spring 2016 GPA: 3.42

  • Fall 2016 GPA: 3.40

  • Spring 2017 GPA: 3.41

  • Fall 2017 GPA: 3.28

  • Spring 2018 GPA: 3.37

  • Fall 2018 GPA: 3.24

  • Spring 2019 GPA: 3.41

  • Fall 2019 GPA: 3.36

  • Spring 2020 GPA: 3.54

Membership Requirements

  • 2.8 Semester GPA during your pledge semester

  • Successful completion of Membership Development Program

  • 15 hours of community service 

  • Involvement in one other student organization

Leadership and Campus Engagement

  • 100% Membership Involvement (Requirement for Initiation)

  • Over 60 student organization executive board positions are held by ATO’s

  • Diverse Involvement

    • 150+ Organizations – Professional Organizations, KU Athletics, Club Sports, Intramurals, Union Programs, Student Senate, Engineering Student Council, Honors Program and Societies

  • Notable Organizations founded by ATO's: KU Dance Marathon, The Big Event, Hilarity for Charity, Jayhawk's Dream, Replant Mount Oread, SWIRL, and many more. 

  • Leadership Programing

    • Presidents Retreat, Semester Brotherhood Retreats, Officer Transition, Emerging Leaders Conference, Blue-Prints, Leader-Shape, and more

Community Awareness

  • 20-25 average service hours per man

  • Over $100,000 donated to philanthropic causes by ATO's and organizations started by ATO's, since rechartering in 2012

  • Donations include but not limited to: KUDM/Children’s Miracle Network (Our Philanthropy), Just Foods, Colorado Young Leaders, The Supply, Relay for Life, Kansas Union, Divine Nine Room

  • Participation/Sponsorship of Diversity Events: Colors of KU, Leader-Shape, Identities Symposium, Gender Leadership Conference, Masculinity Symposium 

Membership Development and Education

  • Eight Week New Membership Education Program includes:

    • Chapter Operations, History, Masculinity, Social Justice, Identities, Finances, Risk Management and more

  • Chapter Development Program Focused on Professional Skills, Ritual, Healthy Masculinity, Alumni Networking, Leadership, Brotherhood, Risk Management, Social Justice and more

Chapter House

  • 1537 Tennessee Street, Lawrence KS, 66044

  • Great location near campus, 5 minute walk to Fraser Hall

  • Holds 65 - 75 members

  • Members must live in the house for two years but may live in for more

    • Sophomore Year and Junior Year are required

Testimonials

Tomas Green (Alumni)

Chemical Engineering

"I wasn't expecting to go Greek. My male peers haven't always been welcoming to me and I constantly felt the need to prove myself. I wasn't expecting to rush or to pledge or to pay exorbitant dues in order to claim the title of brother. To me, it seemed fake and disingenuous. But, I started to hear about ATO. Not from members, but from people who were watching the difference they were making. I wasn’t expecting to be interested, but I was. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy attending a meeting, but I did. The simple phrase “love and respect” was something that resonated with me so deeply. I had not seen either love or respect in the unhealthy, hyper-masculine culture that our world tends to celebrate. To find a group of young men dedicated to these two things was inspiring.


As I became involved I began to find a home. My brothers were diverse; we came from different backgrounds, we participated in different things, and we saw the world in different ways. At first, I found this uncomfortable, but I came to respect very deeply the differences we had. I was challenged, I was pushed, but through it all, I always felt loved and respected. ATO has come to define my experience at KU, and it brought me to places I would never have expected to be. It not only provided friendship and love, but also purpose. I came to value our traditions so much more when I saw them from within. Going through initiation was special, but watching others be transformed by the process will be something that I will never forget. We are creating a culture that truly seeks to bring the best out of ourselves and although my time in ATO was unexpected, it will always be cherished."

Juan Pablo Marroquin (Alumni)

Journalism and Broadcasting

"Coming to college is always always a nerve wrecking experience. You don't know the person you are, who you want to be, or who you will become. However, ATO for me has been a crutch in allowing me to become a stronger version of the man I am today. The three pillars of ATO are fellowship, scholarship and character. For me, one of the pillars that's strongest in this brotherhood is character. In any endeavor you find yourself in this life, the standards you uphold and the character you display with your peers is essential. Being in ATO, you have countless brothers who have your back and challenge you to become the best version of yourself you can be. Whether it is preaching healthy masculinity, or accepting yourself for who you are, ATO for me has been pivotal in shaping the morals that I hold today."

Nick White (Alumni)

Chemical Engineering

"ATO is probably one of the best organizations I've been a part of. Everyone in ATO always says they never considered being in a fraternity, and I'm one of those people, but I'm so glad I did join because I have made some of my best friends in ATO. I've met people who have challenged me and my previous ideas. I've met people I didn't agree with, I've met mentors and I've mentored others. It's taught me to challenge others but at the same time respect them. The best thing about ATO is the vision. I joined because I was influenced by passionate members who wanted to change the Greek-life system. The vision of a Fraternity that pushed past stereotypes and respected each and every member. A non-hazing fraternity that was full of people who shared the same passion for change. A fraternity that included people from diverse backgrounds and differing ideals. A fraternity that wanted to help their members excel in class and out. This is why I joined Alpha Tau Omega."

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Est. 1901