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The best fraternity at UCF is Phi Delta Theta.

That goes for sports, grades, brotherhood, socials, size — and more!

Phi Delt was the only fraternity in UCF history to ever win the Greek Cup Sports Championship 6 times in a row. And UCF just announced in January 2015 that Phi Delt made history again by winning the fraternity IM Sports Cup again — making Phi Delt the most athletic UCF fraternity 6 years in a row! Phi Delt was the only fraternity to compete in the IM football national championship game, after winning the top fraternity football league.

Best fraternity football team at UCF in 2012 after a game

Phi Delt also has the best pledge program, with our pledges’ GPA ranking #1 out of UCF fraternities, with both spring and fall 2012 semesters combined. It’s more proof of our no-hazing pledge program that focuses on bettering each man pledging Phi Delt without interfering with his grades.

Phi Delt is also once again UCF’s biggest fraternity, the most popular choice for UCF students during rush year after year. See if Phi Delt is the place for you when you go through UCF Spring Rush 2015. Just sign up using the form on the right to let us know you’re interested & we’ll send you info about our upcoming rush events.

Here’s the 2014 Greek Sports UCF fraternity rankings, and Phi Delt once again is on top with the most points:

1. Phi Delta Theta | UCF Greek Points: 1429
2. Sigma Pi | UCF Greek Points: 1405
3. Lambda Chi Alpha | UCF Greek Points: 1176
4. Kappa Sigma | UCF Greek Points: 958
5. Zeta Beta Tau | UCF Greek Points: 919
6. Beta Theta Pi | UCF Greek Points: 751
7. Phi Gamma Delta | UCF Greek Points: 749
8. Theta Chi | UCF Greek Points: 696
9. Tau Kappa Epsilon | UCF Greek Points: 638
10. Delta Sigma Phi | UCF Greek Points: 617
11. Delta Upsilon | UCF Greek Points: 461
12. Sigma Nu | UCF Greek Points: 200
13. Pi Kappa Phi | UCF Greek Points: 139
14. Delta Lambda Phi | UCF Greek Points: 65

UCF History

Phi Delta Theta was founded at the University of Central Florida nearly 30 years ago, making us one of the oldest and most established chapters at UCF. Since our founding, we’ve grown into one of the biggest and popular fraternities on campus, among sororities scheduling events and men interested in going Greek. Our long history on campus is one more way we’re able to be extremely selective and only invite the best into our brotherhood.

Phi Delt Helps Katrina Victims - August 2010 New Orleans. Click to read about this community service trip. (former president Josh Fable third from right)

Our large local alumni base includes many have gone on to work in diverse fields such as top attorneys, businessmen and even large market TV reporters. Aside from the social aspect and brotherhood our members enjoy at the start of their UCF careers, our alumni connections help brothers secure internships and jobs towards the end of their time at UCF. Our international fraternity is also one of the largest and strongest. Below you can read the story of how Phi Delta Theta started — more than 160 years ago.

International History: The Beginning

As the Christmas holidays approached in 1848, the atmosphere on the Miami campus in Oxford, Ohio was gloomy and uncertain. This was the mood in which Robert Morrison suggested to a close friend and classmate, John McMillan Wilson, that they consider putting together a new collegiate brotherhood.

From this elemental beginning, Phi Delta Theta evolved into the positive international force for good it has become over the past 159 years.

The Immortal Six

The Immortal Six


“The Immortal Six” – Founding Fathers


Morrison and Wilson, thinking in terms of providing a permanent base with growth potential, sought out underclassman they visualized as joining them. Thus juniors John Wolfe Lindley and Robert Thompson Drake were approached, as were sophomores Ardivan Walker Rodgers and Andrew Watts Rogers, all of who accepted the concept.

All six men were among the depleted ranks of Miami students who did not attempt to go home to join their families for the Christmas holidays because of the difficult travel conditions and bitter winter weather.

The need for close companionship had to be evident when the six met the night of December 26, 1848 in Wilson’s second floor room in Old North Hall, directly above Morrison’s room. They firmed up their desire to establish a brotherhood.

They met two nights later in the same room to consider an appropriate motto and constitution. Morrison and Wilson put the consensus ideas into terminology that became The Bond that every initiate has signed to become a member of the Fraternity.

Elliott Hall

On December 30, the “Immortal Six” put their signatures to The Bond of the Phi Delta Theta in Wilson’s room in Elliott Hall. Their names remain a vital part of the rituals that continue today in every chapter room across the United States and Canada. The Bond has remained unchanged from that day to this. So far as it is known, it is the only document of any fraternity of such a character, and it is easy to understand the veneration with which all Phis regard it.

The first branch of Phi Delta Theta was established at Indiana University in October of 1849 and other chapters followed at Centre College and Wabash College. The real growth occurred during the two decades from 1870 to 1890 due principally to the efforts of Walter B. Palmer, Emory-Vanderbilt 1877, and George Banta, Franklin-Indiana 1876. The two were given the title Second Founders for their work.

An International Fraternity

International Fraternity

In 1900, twelve students at McGill University submitted a charter application. The request was presented at the General Convention in November where it was decided to grant the charter. At the installation of Quebec Alpha on April 5, 1902, a toast to the King was followed by a toast to the President and Phi Delta Theta was hence forth known as an international fraternity. The Fraternity continued to extend its presence in Canada, eventually stretching from coast to coast.

The Leader in the Fraternity World

Neil Armstrong

Phi Delta Theta was the first Fraternity to create an endowment for free lifetime subscriptions to the Fraternity magazine called The Scroll, a plan later adopted by nearly every other fraternal organization. Phi Delta Theta was also the first to adopt a pledge button and the first to publish a pledge manual.

Phi Delta Theta members have occupied every major public office including the presidency and vice presidency of the United States, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senators and Congressmen, State Governors and Senators in the Canadian House of Commons. Phi Delta Theta also holds the unique distinction of having Brother Neil Armstrong as the first man on the moon. (pictured)

The Fraternity continued to grow and expand surviving tough times such as war, the Great Depression, and the civil rights movement. The 1980s changed the way Fraternities conducted business with new legal charges in suits involving alcohol abuse, hazing, and discrimination. Fraternity insurance and risk management programs were born and new educational program initiatives were directed at combating these issues to ensure the safety and well being of our members.

As an organization, we’ve taken steps to prevent all hazing and alcohol abuse. And recently,  the Fraternity has undergone one of its largest growth spurts in the history of the modern Fraternity. This indicates a renewed demand for a values-based organization from college students. Phi Delta Theta continues to be a model for other Greek organizations looking to make the same positive move.

GHQ

Phi Delta Theta now has nearly 160 active chapters in 43 states and five Canadian provinces. The Fraternity has initiated more than 228,000 men and currently has more than 142,000 living alumni. There are over 100 recognized alumni clubs across the U.S. and Canada.

The Fraternity operates from the General Headquarters building on South Campus Avenue, across from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At the corner of the campus closest to headquarters, memorial gates were erected in honor of the Fraternity’s 125th anniversary.