Delta Upsilon is the sixth oldest international, all-male, college Greek-letter organization. It is the oldest non-secret fraternity in North America, and is the only international fraternity that is non-secret. The Fraternity was founded in on November 4th, 1834, in Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts; since then, over 125,000 men have been initiated into the brotherhood. There are currently 78 Delta Upsilon chapters located across the United States and Canada.
The Rutgers Chapter of Delta Upsilon has a rich, deep history that dates back to its establishment in 1858. The Rutgers DU Chapter thrived on campus for 133 years before closing in 1991. After a 20 year absence, the chapter was officially reestablished on May 1st, 2010.
In 1991, the Delta Upsilon Fraternity took a leave of absence from the Rutgers Campus after having solidified itself for years as a powerhouse on the banks. Over a thousand men were initiated into the brotherhood on the Rutgers Campus, including several notable alumni such as Joyce Kilmer (Poet), Martin Benante (CEO, Curtiss-Wright) and Joe Sheridan (COO, Wakefern Food Corp.). The Fraternity, until 1991, was housed in the mansion that it built at 66 College Avenue (currently occupied by new tenants). Prior to this, the Fraternity was located at a large, sprawling property at Bleeker Place. In 2010, Delta Upsilon reestablished itself on campus and temporarily housed itself in a Fraternity house at 10 Union Street. The property has since been demolished but Delta Upsilon has continued to find prime housing for its operations.
In just three short years, DU has risen to become one of the largest, most active and most accomplished Fraternities at Rutgers. The Fraternity was awarded the prestigious 4 star chapter award on the Rutgers Campus, an honor bestowed to only three other fraternities. However, recognition stemmed not only locally on campus, but also internationally; in the summer of 2012, Rutgers Delta Upsilon was the recipient of the DU Sweepstakes Award, which honors the top-performing DU chapter internationally. Rutgers DU also prides itself in having one of the top Fraternity GPA’s on campus.
DU offers endless opportunities for the growth and betterment of our Brothers; opportunities stemming from philanthropic, educational, social and academic standpoints. The Brothers are actively committed to service in New Brunswick and worldwide. Our Philanthropy, the Global Service Initiative (GSI) has sent several of our brothers to impoverished nations and cities in order to make change and give back. Brothers have the opportunity to participate in several educational programs: The Regional Leadership Seminar, DUEL Program, Recruitment Symposium, Presidents Academy, Advisors Academy and the national Leadership Institute! Socially, there are numerous opportunities bestowed to brothers for both professional and casual networking.
A Photographic History of Rutgers Delta Upsilon