Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Katherine Novak


Self-esteem on its own has been studied extensively, including as part of a study examining the effects of sorority recruitment on the self-esteem of the female participants (Chapman, Hirt, and Spruill, 2008). However, there is relatively little research on men’s self-esteem and no studies examining the potential impact of the fraternity recruitment process on students’ self-esteem. The present study examined this through a longitudinal study utilizing two surveys. The initial survey was completed the day before the fraternity recruitment process began to establish a baseline for 155 participants. The follow-up survey received a total of 99 responses from the original 155 participants. I hypothesized that a positive recruitment outcome (e.g., completing the recruitment process and receiving a bid from a fraternity) would increase students’ self-esteem and positively affect perceptions of fraternity life and perceptions of fraternity recruitment compared to a negative recruitment outcome (e.g., not completing the recruitment process or not receiving a bid). Results showed no significant changes in self-esteem and some significant, positive changes in perceptions of fraternity life and perceptions of fraternity recruitment.