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About Delta Zeta Sorority
About Delta Zeta Sorority

Our Purpose

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“The purpose of this sorority shall be to unite its members in the bonds of sincere and lasting friendship, to stimulate one another in the pursuit of knowledge, to promote the moral and social culture of its members, and to develop plans for guidance and unity in action; objects worthy of the highest aim and purpose of associated effort. The purpose of this sorority shall be advanced through the National Convention, the National Council, and the college and alumnae chapters.”

~ Constitution of the Delta Zeta Sorority, Article II, Sections 1. and 2.

About Delta Zeta Sorority

Mission and Vision

Delta Zeta’s mission is to be a lifelong, values-based membership experience for women.
Delta Zeta’s vision is to be a global women’s organization whose shared values truly inspire action and impact lives.

About Delta Zeta Sorority

Our History

In the fall of 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, six of the first female students enrolled on the campus dreamed of creating a sorority.

Together, Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Anna Keen, Julia Bishop, Mabelle Minton, and Anne Simmons sought to create something special—a sorority based upon the noble principles of friendship, scholarship, and service.

Determined to make their vision a reality, they met with Dr. Guy Potter Benton, the university's president. With his support, their dream began to take shape.

From these meetings, Delta Zeta Sorority was born. The first sorority was founded at Miami University. The Sorority’s inception marked an exciting milestone for these young women and others across the campus. And that impact would soon reach far beyond campus borders.

Over 120 years later, Delta Zeta has impacted the lives of over 285,000 alumnae and collegiate members. And as the flame passes from one generation to the next, our story continues to be one of resilience, friendship and the power of a shared vision.

Learn more about our history through the Delta Zeta Museum.

About Delta Zeta Sorority

Fast Facts


October 24, 1902, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio


Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Anna Keen, Julia Bishop, Mabelle Minton, and Anne Simmons

Order of the Laurel

Grace Mason Lundy, Irene Caroline Boughton, Elizabeth Coulter Stephenson, Myrtle Graeter Hinkly, Norma Minch Andrisek

Grand Patron

Dr. Guy Potter Benton, D.D., LL.D, (Phi Delta Theta)


Rose and green


Pink Killarney rose




Roman Lamp




The LAMP of Delta Zeta is the official magazine. It is published three times a year and mailed to all initiated members whose addresses are current at National Headquarters. An online version is offered to those members who prefer not to receive a hard copy.

Number of Collegiate Chapters

164 in the United States and Canada

Number of Alumnae Chapters

Over 172 alumnae chapters offer continuing association in 49 states, including Hawaii as well as the United Kingdom and Canada.

Number of Initiated Members

Over 285,000

Number of collegiate members

At any given time, Delta Zeta has more than 14,000 undergraduate members.

Grace Mason Lundy Award, Florence Hood Miner Award, Woman of the Year Award

Truly Connected at Delta Zeta

Truly Connected (TC), including TC Gather, TC Grow, and TC Share, now has a refreshed look and an exciting new platform that will take Delta Zeta mentorship opportunities to the next level. These efforts are supported by generous donations from the Delta Zeta Foundation.

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