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100 years at Iowa State
1923 - 2023

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                  Dear Parents

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about The Delta Chi Fraternity and our local Iowa State Chapter. We want you to be as excited and comfortable with your son’s interest and membership participation in the Fraternity as he is. Delta Chi understands that the expectations of today’s college men are growing, and as a Fraternity we wish to prepare and enable your son to meet and exceed those expectations and be successful after graduation.


The Fraternity provides support to our local chapters and individual members through leadership programs, written and online programming, regional and national conferences, and Leadership Consultant visits to all chapters on a regular basis. Alumni are engaged advising and supervising Iowa State Chapter's operations and management of our chapter house. Expectations and standards for all Delta Chi chapters and individual members are in place to ensure all brothers are living a quality fraternity experience.

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                      Frequently Asked Questions

Hazing Statement

Delta Chi is strongly opposed to any practices that are or may appear to be hazing. The experience of Delta Chi associate members should be one of education, challenges, personal development, and excitement. Hazing in any form contradicts these goals and is a direct violation of both the 11 Basic Expectations of a Delta Chi and the Oath that every member takes during his initiation.

The Fraternity takes very seriously any actions that put any member or associate member in danger, and the incidents of hazing in all fraternities and certainly Delta Chi have been increasingly infrequent in recent years. Delta Chi’s effort to make the undergraduate experience a positive one, full of fun, personal growth, and preparation for professional success, is one of the reasons Delta Chi has been so successful for more than 130 years. With men like your son living up to those values every day, the future continues looking better.

How may I get involved?

Fathers and other male relatives are potential candidates for alumni initiation. An “alumnus initiate” is someone selected by an undergraduate chapter to be initiated into the Bond. He is someone whom the undergraduate members believe can enhance the Fraternity. Alumni initiates can provide a tremendous amount of assistance across all areas of chapter operations, especially to those chapters with limited alumni interaction due to geographical location. For this reason, they are excellent candidates for holding positions within a chapter’s alumni support structure (e.g., Alumni Board of Trustees (ABT), house corporation, Faculty Advisor or “BB” (Chapter Advisor)). The Delta Chi alumnus initiate is neither an “honorary member” nor an “honorary initiate.” Alumni initiates receive recognition as a full member of The Delta Chi Fraternity and has the same rights and privileges as any other alumni of the Fraternity. An alumnus initiate cannot be an initiated member of any other college social fraternity.

We welcome participation from our member's Mothers and Fathers in planning our Parents' Weekend in the fall and Mom's Weekend in the spring. 

Are there scholarships?

Delta Chi has a separately incorporated non-profit Educational Foundation created in 1954 that can accept tax-deductible donations for the benefit of young men in the Fraternity (The Delta Chi Educational Foundation). All of our members are eligible for scholarships and academic awards. The Foundation provides grants to those attending educational leadership seminars and conferences across the United States. It also offers scholarships to incoming freshmen at many colleges and universities for non-members with no requirement for future membership. Named accounts for Chapter specific scholarships and housing are available as well.

What does it mean if my son accepted a bid?

When your son decided to accept the offer to become an Associate Member of Delta Chi, he made one of the most important decisions of his college career. He chose an organization that is committed to his success during his college years and will remain relevant after graduation.

When he joined Delta Chi, you became a part of his experience as well. 

The Delta Chi Fraternity was founded in 1890 on the values of promoting friendship, developing character, advancing justice, and assisting in the acquisition of a sound education. Since that time, more than 125,000 members have joined the Fraternity, many of whom remain actively engaged as alumni volunteers.

What is an Associate Member?

Immediately after joining, your son will begin his Associate Member program. This program is intended to encourage individual development, promote adjustment to college life and educate on the history and values of the Fraternity. Your son will attend weekly meetings with his fellow Associate Members and begin to make friendships with other members, associate and active alike. Overall, our Associate Member program seeks to develop a sense of belonging, increase individual responsibility, and provide purpose to our members. 

In 1929, Delta Chi became the first fraternity to abolish “Hell” Week hazing. Years later, we remain committed to an environment free from hazing, coercion, and illegal activity. Delta Chi has a zero-tolerance policy for behavior that does not align with our values, and we hope you will discuss this expectation with your son. 

Thank you for sharing your son with us. Our fraternity continues to be impressed by the thoughtfulness, maturity, and care that our members bring to everything they do, and we are excited to be a meaningful part of their college and life experience.  

What does being initiated into Delta Chi mean?

As your son completes his initial time of learning in the Associate Member program, he prepares for initiation into an Active Member of the fraternity. As a member of Delta Chi, we will challenge your son to put our core values into action daily to be a thriving member of his chapter, and of the university and local community. We would like to introduce you to the continuing opportunities for personal growth offered by Delta Chi.

How is the Delta Chi Fraternity committed to developing our young men into leaders who live their values? 

We do this through educational programs and experiences which compliment their academic pursuits. We are excited to provide a variety of programs and diverse educational materials that are available both in-person and online.  Below is an overview of five in-person programs the Fraternity offers:

  • Every spring, nine Regional Leadership Conferences (RLCs) are held across the country for undergraduate and alumni members. These multi-day educational opportunities are home to seven officer tracks, our Volunteer Training Program and various educational sessions focused on the fraternity and personal development. At least seven members from each chapter attend the RLC with the rest of the chapters and colonies from their region. 

  • Delta Chi became the exclusive fraternity to partner with Dale Carnegie by creating the Delta Chi Dale Carnegie Scholars Program in 2022. Scholars attend 8 workshop sessions over 8 weeks of the program. Each session is a three-hour workshop designed to build greater self-confidence, strengthen people skills, enhance communication, develop leadership skills, reduce stress, and improve attitudes and outlooks. In addition, over the next year Delta Chi and Dale Carnegie will begin providing workshops available to all of our members. Through our partnership, Delta Chi will also offer our alumni discounted rates for Dale Carnegie’s many professional development courses.

  • The Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) is a four-day leadership development experience that helps members learn more about their leadership styles and strengths. This highly interactive program is geared toward rising sophomores and juniors to prepare them for leadership opportunities within their chapter on campus and beyond. The registration cost is $50.00, including lodging and meals. 

  • Each year, Delta Chi invites the “A” (President) from each chapter and colony across North America to attend “A”s’ Academy in Saint Meinrad, IN. The “A”s’ Academy is a four-day leadership institute that focuses on change management and increasing operational effectiveness as a leader. The International Fraternity is able to provide this experience at no cost to the “A” or chapter. 

  • Every 2 years, Delta Chi hosts our International Convention in a different city as selected by the Board of Regents.  This multi-day summer program is geared towards undergraduates, alumni and their families, and is the largest event organized by the Fraternity. Convention encompasses educational programs, business meetings, brotherhood events, and ritual exemplification. Each chapter/colony sends at least two delegates to vote on behalf of their chapter/colony. 

In addition to these in-person programs, the Fraternity also offers a wide variety of online education available to our undergraduates and alumni. As part of the Open Door Webinar Series, the Fraternity hosts at least five webinars per semester that focus on health and safety education. These webinars serve as a resource for undergraduate leaders and volunteers who work directly within our chapters. Similarly, our Learning Management System (LMS) provides online training and educational modules that can be accessed at any time, by any member, via a smartphone, tablet or computer. These modules are focused on personal, professional and organizational development.

Recently, the Fraternity partnered with FirstHand Mentoring© to launch the Delta Chi Mentorship Network. This online platform matches undergraduate members with an alumni mentor who may be a resource for career path development, academics, graduate school admissions, or organizational leadership.

Delta Chi is committed to assisting your son in the acquisition of a sound education through our educational offerings. We are excited about being a meaningful part of your son’s professional and personal development, and hope that you will take an opportunity to discuss these opportunities with your son

Delta Chi's 4 Core Values since 1890, as stated in our Constitution Preamble:

     Promote Friendship

     Develop Character

     Advance Justice

     Assist in the acquisition of a sound Education

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