Why DU?

DU Chapter House, 117 Ash Avenue
2018 Initiation on Central Campus

Delta Upsilon is an international men’s fraternity founded in 1834 at Williams College. All DU chapters are strictly non-secret and non-hazing. We are proud to be the world’s only international fraternity committed to sharing our ideals, symbols and rituals openly. DU brothers are committed to Building Better Men through our four founding principles of Friendship, Character, Culture & Justice.

The Iowa State DU chapter was chartered on December 6, 1913 and re-chartered on September 21, 2013 after a period of reorganization. Since our reorganization we have had a focus on alumni engagement and a substance free living environment. We have 10 alumni advisors, a new member alumni mentoring program and an active alumni board named the Colonnades. Each summer the undergraduate chapter and over 75 DU alumni gather in Ames for Escape to 117 Ash. We also publish The Open Visor alumni newsletter twice each year. Our chapter house at 117 Ash Avenue is a “dry” house with drugs and alcohol prohibited.

All DU brothers are expected to place academics as their top priority. Each year we educate our brothers on the academic resources available to them. We like to celebrate our academic successes while also holding each other accountable. To learn more about our academic program, visit our Academics Page.

Our chapter raises money for Global Service Initiative, the primary non-profit organization for all DU chapters across North America. We raise funds through two philanthropic events, Delta Scoopsilon and DU Donuts. Visit our Philanthropy Page to learn about Global Service Initiative and our philanthropic events.

It is expected that all brothers serve the community for at least 15 hours every semester. We participate in service events together, but we also expect our brothers to complete service events individually. Our Community Service Page details the chapter’s commitment to community service.

We are active in Greek events such as Homecoming, Varieties, and Greek Week. We also have various intramural teams. DU members stay involved in many activities because we believe this helps build better men. The philosophy of keeping involved goes with our slogan of “A DU in everything and every DU in something.” Visit our Greek Community Involvement Page to learn about Greek Community events we participate in.

The chapter has won various awards through Iowa State’s Greek Community and through Delta Upsilon International. The Awards page will show some of the awards the chapter has received over the last 5 years.

We hope you are interested in joining DU! If you are, fill out the Join DU Form and a member of our recruitment team will be in touch with you. Additionally, please consider applying for the Ralph Stucky Scholarship awarded to one incoming freshman each year.