History and Tradtion

In 1858 Delta Tau Delta was founded at Bethany College, where eight undergraduates angered by a fixed vote for a prize in oratory to be given at the Neotrophian Literary Society, the only real forum for students to practice and demonstrate skills in poetry, public speaking, and writing essays, responded by forming a secret society. The purpose of this new society, known only by the Greek letters Delta Tau Delta, was to see that the Neotrophian Literary Society be returned to popular control, and delivered from the hands of the group of students who had seized it.

Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity is much more than a social organization, a place to live or a way to meet people. Our mission "Committed to Lives of Excellence" drives our actions, programming and essence. Delta Tau Delta fulfills many purposes from honing its members' leadership skills, helping them grow personally and providing a nurturing environment to enjoy their collegiate and post-collegiate experience. Delt life provides fantastic opportunities like the Leadership Academy, conferences and conventions, service learning through Adopt-A-School and other community service opportunities and our new member education initiative.


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