Frank Lloyd Wright
We’re always looking for men who have the character to make great Phi Delts.
Our original three pillars haven’t budged an inch since the Fraternity was founded by the Immortal Six at Miami University. The pillars are: The cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture, and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality. Shortened, we refer to the Cardinal Principles as Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude.
If you ask our members what they have received from their Phi Delta Theta membership, you’ll often hear about an experience filled with brotherhood and mutual respect. Great friendships are a crucial component of living well, and Phi Delta Theta challenges its members to create long-term and meaningful relationships with each other that stand the test of time. Through the ups and downs of life, relationships built through fraternity offer our members a strong foundation, network, and support structure.
Sound Learning is much more than getting good grades. It’s about intellectual curiosity and the search for truth. It’s about well-roundedness and becoming cultured in all aspects of life. Phi Delta Theta challenges its members to live a life of continuous learning, and we invest in educational experiences that offer new dimensions of knowledge that may not be taught in the classroom, such as soft skills, work ethic, leadership, and compassion for others.
Rectitude can be defined in many ways, and you do not necessarily have to be a person of faith to exemplify the qualities often associated with it, such as honesty, integrity, character, kindness, and compassion. As men of strong moral character, we are called to exemplify the principles upon which we were founded and that we, as Phi Delts, swear to uphold. Though all our principles are considered equal, Rectitude is what guides us into becoming the greatest versions of ourselves.
Helping every individual to meet his true potential is the bedrock of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. By celebrating each person’s true self, and by learning from each other’s strengths while helping to improve each other’s weaknesses, every member of Phi Delta Theta develops into a greater version of himself than he could ever on his own. Rather than try to find young men to “mold” into some ideal, we celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and, through encouragement, values, example and brotherhood, empower every brother to exceed his personal expectations.
We asked our members to identify some of the main benefits they have received from their Phi Delta Theta membership. Here’s what they said:
A family away from home (with many brothers).
An amazing place to live during college.
Confidence, guidance, and a support structure to navigate college and life.
Opportunities to network with successful alumni.
A newfound love for philanthropy and service.
Brothers to lean on during tough times.
Important values to live by.
Valuable soft skills by working with others towards shared goals.
Great memories, experiences, and a lot of fun.
Leadership skills and experiences.
Financial assistance for my studies.
Encouragement to achieve things I never thought I could.
From 175 years of Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude, we’re forging the greatest version yet.
Every Phi Delt’s journey to greatness is unique and meaningful. Sometimes, those journeys become legendary in their own right, even beyond our Brotherhood–meet the Famous Phis.
Once the decision has been made to say “Yes!” to Phi Delta Theta, you will begin to truly get to know the Fraternity and the Fraternity truly gets to know you. The Phikeia experience is filled with positive and encouraging preparation for the responsibilities of membership that reaffirms the principles of Phi Delta Theta. After the Phikiea education program, if both party’s values and expectations are in sync, Phikeias become initiated into full membership – and that’s where the real journey of a lifetime begins.
We want to help you make the most out of your college experience.