Delta Phi Fraternity

Founded November 17, 1827

The Three Pillars of Delta Phi

Established in 1827 at Union College, Delta Phi is the oldest continuous fraternity in the United States and is founded on three pillars - Friendship, Morality, and Literature.

"No one could tell me where my soul might be; I searched for God, but He eluded me; I sought my brother out and found all three."

-Ernest Howard Crosby, Gamma chapter, 1872


Our goal for each chapter is to create an organization built upon a standard of excellence for brotherhood. We recognize the value of a diverse membership, the importance of mutual respect, and the virtue of life-long bonds of brotherhood. We are highly selective in accepting colonization requests. We believe very strongly in accepting only those men who seek to build lasting friendships based in principle, maintained with integrity, and celebrated over generations.


Character is fundamental in establishing and sustaining the bonds of brotherhood. As brothers, we share in each other's successes and support each other in struggles. Character and morality are fundamental to leadership in our personal lives, in our brotherhood, and in our community. We strive to create chapters and members marked by their integrity, ability, and trustworthiness.


Since its founding almost 200 years ago, members of Delta Phi have placed a strong emphasis on intellectual vigor and personal leadership. As a brotherhood, we seek men of talent who will benefit from joining our organization. Our brotherhood is dedicated to encouraging and enabling the diverse talents of each member while undergraduates and throughout their lives and careers.