Recruitment


We naturally recruit members from all over Virginia. However, we have a long history of recruiting men from outside the Commonwealth, too. Since we moved to Madison Lane in 2010, about half of our membership has hailed from outside of Virginia. This includes all corners of the US, as well as Norway and Singapore. Our brothers pursue many passions, including music, outdoor activities, sports, and travel. We embody the fraternity slogan: “A DU in Everything, Every DU in Something.”

The Virginia Chapter continues to build on a legacy of success and leadership in a variety of fields, including education, finance, law, medicine, military service, real estate, and technology. Business Insider named DU as one of the fraternities with top Wall Street alumni, one of whom is a chapter alumnus and trustee of UVA Engineering.

Within the past five to ten years alone, our members have earned positions at ASW, Bain, CIA, Deloitte, EY, FBI, Federal Reserve, Google, and Peloton, among other organizations. Brothers have also joined medical practices, architecture and engineering firms, helped launch start-ups, earned postgraduate degrees, and served in the Peace Corps.

Discover what it really means to be a DU.


At the University of Virginia, IFC fraternities offer invitations or bids to prospective new members at the end of IFC Recruitment, which occurs during the first few weeks of each semester. First years may only rush during their spring semester, while upperclassmen may rush during both semesters. During the recruitment period, many chapters offer unique opportunities to get to know their members. During rush, remember to be yourself, keep an open mind, and look at many different chapters. You should also ask about the chapter’s principles to see if they are in line with your own.

The brothers of Delta Upsilon are committed to our Four Founding Principles:

  • The Promotion of Friendship
  • The Development of Character
  • The Diffusion of Liberal Culture
  • The Advancement of Justice

These principles are the essence of our fraternity.

Delta Upsilon is the only non-secret fraternity at the University of Virginia. Non-secrecy means that our values and rituals are shared with anyone and everyone. Some of our members may be tapped into select societies at the University. However, these societies do not use their secrecy for power, financial gain, or personal recognition. Instead, they champion endeavors that align with DU’s principles.

We are not an elitist social club that prioritizes financial status and “tradition” at the expense of diversity and progress. Transparency is a key component in our brotherhood. In an effort to exemplify this transparency, we present to you a passage from our Ritual that describes the foundation of our fraternity:

“We initiate you into no meaningless secrets, but into a brotherhood founded upon a principle, which it is our duty to exemplify in our lives, — DIKAIA UPOTHEKE — Justice, Our Foundation. In this brotherhood, Justice is our guiding principle, and as Justice is but Truth in action, it is our deeds that testify our loyalty to the ideals of our Fraternity, and our worthiness to conserve the heritage handed down to us by past generations of Delta Upsilon.”

The brothers of Delta Upsilon have shown that the bonds of brotherhood are forged not through secrecy and hazing, but through a common belief in our guiding principles and the experiences we all share. In accordance with these principles, we will answer any questions you or your parents may have about DU.

Delta Upsilon Non-Discrimination Statement

In any membership decision, including rushing, pledging, suspension, expulsion, or electing one to Membership in the Fraternity, a Member, Associate Member, Undergraduate Chapter, Colony, Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors may not discriminate against any person on the basis of his race, color, age, religion, sexual/affectionate orientation, national origin, citizenship or physical disability.