© 2019 Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Zeta

Our Purpose

It was the founding of Delta Zeta Sorority, whose purpose is to create among a group of women a true and lasting friendship, to encourage one another in the pursuit of knowledge, to promote values-based living and embrace social responsibility.

Each of us wants to make friends, learn new things and do something that matters. It's part of the human experience. You might say it's in our DNA, but that doesn't make it any easier to do. But in 1902, six young women formed an organization that would help them move these ideas forward.


When six young women came together in 1902 to form a social sorority, they had a vision of lifetime sisterhood fostered by ideals that they cherished.

The six friends bonded quickly as they faced the challenges of starting a sorority on a male-dominated campus, as women had just been given full status as students at Miami University.

Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Anna Keen, Julia Bishop, Mabelle Minton and Anna Simmons met with Dr. Guy Potter Benton, then president of the university, to make their idea a reality.

Delta Zeta Sorority was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1902. It was the first sorority to be founded at the University. 

The Founders then went on to lay the foundation for the Sorority which would have a national reach. Today, Delta Zeta has enriched the lives of over 260,000 alumnae and collegiate members in the United States and Canada.

Fast Facts

  • Founded: October 24, 1902 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • Year Founded at FSU: 1924

  • Colors: Rose and green

  • Flower: Pink Killarney Rose

  • Jewel: Diamond

  • Badge: Roman Lamp

  • Mascot: Turtle

  • Number of Collegiate Chapters: 166 in the United States and Canada

  • Number of Initiated Members: Over 260,000