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. Choose the chapter that makes you feel the most comfortable and at home; 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 was founded in 1834 at Williams College to provide outstanding men with an alternative to the secret societies of the time. Over the past 167 years, DU has grown tremendously, today boasting over 80 chapters in the United States and Canada, and over 100,000 initiated brothers.
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 this principle, we will answer any questions you or your parents may have about DU. Delta Upsilon is the only non-secret fraternity at the University. Non-secrecy means that our values and rituals are shared with anyone and everyone. Transparency is a key component in our brotherhood.
In an effort to exemplify the transparency we mentioned before, 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.”
There is no other fraternity like Delta Upsilon. Not only do we have a tradition of excellence, we are the source of excellence. We will help shape your future and prepare you for a lifetime of success.
In addition to attending our formal rush events, get in touch with a brother and come by our house. Hang out with our brothers; watch a movie; hit up the gym; go out to dinner; come to our IFC Open House in the fall and spring. Discover what it really means to be a DU.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the pledging/initiation requirements?
Complete the 8-week Associate Membership Program; complete 1 semester of house duties; score 80% or above on all associate member exams; maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher; be current on all financial obligations; maintain involvement in another University club or organization.
How much does living at DU cost?
It costs $2,700 a semester to live at 171 Madison Lane.
How do costs compare to on-grounds housing?
The cost might seem fairly expensive at first glance, but it includes a weekly meal plan, cleaning service, laundry, cable, high-speed Internet in every room, plus many other intangible benefits that living in a brotherhood offers.
How do I get involved with intramural sports?
We love intramural sports and we consistently finds ourselves competing in the playoffs and championships. We have teams in every major sport offered (soccer, flag football, volleyball, basketball, and softball). Associate members are encouraged to get involved in intramurals right away. The chapter pays all entrance fees.
How do chapter meetings work?
DU has weekly chapter meetings where we discuss the business of the chapter. We have these every Sunday following chapter dinner. Every member is expected to attend these meetings. We often invite other University organizations to make presentations and hold educational programs at the meeting.
What does DU do for community service and philanthropy?
For more info on this, check out the Service section on our website.
If you have any questions regarding recruitment, please contact our recruitment chair, Erik Wangerin ’13.
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.