Frequently Asked Questions about Greek Life and Acacia

1. Where is Acacia's house located?

The chapter house is located across College Avenue a block into east campus at 1419 Wilson Avenue.

2. Do members have to live in the Chapter House?

Active members are required to live in the chapter house for one year unless excused for good and sufficient reasons by the Chapter President and House Director.  We encourage active members to live in the house to foster brotherhood.

3. How long has Acacia been at Mizzou?

The Missouri Chapter of Acacia was founded as the 13th Chapter of Acacia in 1907. Shortly thereafter, the brotherhood built its first residence (now at 600 S. Rollins, occupied by Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity) along with the help of the local Masonic Lodge. The Chapter prospered greatly at this time, initiating many men who now have Mizzou buildings in there namesake, most notably Richard Jesse of Jesse Hall. During World War II, however, the chapter voted to close its doors and surrender their charter to fight for their country. In 2003, nearly three-quarters of a century later, several men interested in making a lasting impact on the Mizzou Greek campus began meeting to invest in something greater than themselves. On April 9, 2005, their dream came to fruition as the Missouri Chapter of the Acacia Fraternity was rechartered. So in Acacia, men have the opportunity to be a part of something with a great history, yet also invest in something that is growing and brand new. Our history, tradition, and new-found excellence truly comprise the best of both worlds.

4. Why is the Acacia Fraternity name not made of Greek letters like all the others?

Acacia is the only college social fraternity to choose a whole Greek word as its name instead of two or three Greek letters (such as Alpha Beta Gamma). The founders of our Great Fraternity wanted everything done in Acacia to be done for a specific purpose - and that includes our name. In their founding document, they wrote that "as our fraternity stands out, above and beyond the rest, so does our name." Acacia, the word, comes from an eastern evergreen that thrives in the desert - symbolizing the immortal masculinity. While the symbolism of "Acacia" has been well known since ancient times, the true philosophical meaning of the word can only be felt and known by those who have been initiated into our Brotherhood. Our Brotherhood is as unique and special as our name and we're very proud of that.

5. How can Acacia help a student?

Acacia can help you by providing a strong academic background. After all, that is the reason you are attending Mizzou. Mizzou Greek Life in general has higher GPA than the all men's and all women's GPAs, and within that, Acacia consistently ranks in the top-tier. Like many fraternities, Acacia has study hours for both pledge brothers and active members.  Also, many brothers have remarked how being a part of Acacia has helped them with their future. Acacia is a large International Fraternity with many alumni. Being part of Acacia has secured our future by allowing many of us to be published in academia, receiving future job offers, and social networking through our Alumni and supporters of Acacia. In addition to scholarship and career plans, being a part of The Acacia Fraternity provides a social environment in a new place to make friends and have fun as a college undergraduate. 

6. Does Acacia haze?

Absolutely not. Acacia has a strict, no tolerance policy regarding hazing.  We encourage all interested students to compare our flawless record of violations with other fraternities on campus.

7. What types of activities does Acacia participate in?

Acacia participates in a wide variety of activities. Socially, we host our annual Night on the Nile toga party, our Fall Formal, and typical Greek events such as hayrides and Crush/Sweetheart parties. Within Greek Life, we annually participate in Greek Week, Homecoming activities, Greek Sports league, and sorority philanthropies. We also host Family weekends, alumni weekends, and various brotherhood activities such as float trips, barbecues, and date nights.