FarmHouse will become the fifth fraternity on campus in the fall of 2021.
With 36 chapters across the nation and one in Canada, FarmHouse is not the largest, but it is unique. The name, unlike other fraternities who use Greek lettering, represents the group's strong agricultural roots and land-grant history.
“FarmHouse was established in 1905 at the University of Missouri,” Assistant Executive Director Cody Cramer said. “We were established by seven men who primarily came from an agricultural background.”
However, the fraternity is known for more than just their agricultural ties. Strong academic performance, alcohol-free housing, and non-secretive rituals highlight FarmHouse.
“On average, our men are above a 3.0, and out of the 36, approximately ten of those are in the top two or three of their campus as far as GPAs go,” Cramer said. “Our ritual as far as our initiation process is all open. We don’t have any secretive ritual.”
With chapters at Texas Tech and Texas A&M University, FarmHouse already has a presence in Texas, but they are looking to expand.
“We have a large group of alumni in the DFW, Austin, and Houston areas so it seemed like a natural fit to pursue another university in the state of Texas,” Cramer said. “FarmHouse has been growing the last ten years. We feel like so has Tyler.”
The process from recruitment to full-fledged membership lasts 6-8 weeks – similar to other fraternities.
“To join our fraternity, you can be a freshman through a senior,” Cramer said. “There is no grade requirement. Of course, we would love to see you doing well academically and being involved on campus and in other things.”
FarmHouse recently recruited, signed, and initiated 60 men at the University of Missouri and plans are in motion for on-campus activities in the Fall of 2021 at Tyler.
“We’ve got a little bit of momentum and we’d love to see 30 to 40 guys join this fall,” Cramer said. “There are some social media Instagram takeovers that are being offered to us as we come in over the summer, so look for those.”
Outside of Campus, FarmHouse has a lasting impact through their philanthropy efforts. The Fraternity has donated over $100,000 to charities such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Bone Marrow Registry.
“We are smaller, which makes us unique, and we offer true brotherhood or friendships that don’t just end when you graduate from Tyler,” Cramer said. “They continue on through life.”
For more information and how to join, check out FarmHouse’s UT Tyler social media: https://instagram.com/uttylerfarmhouse?igshid=1kmzum4pmv3u1