Phi Delta Theta was organized with three principle objectives: 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.

Rush Process:

Colgate University operates a "deferred rush" system for fraternity membership recruitment.  Colgate students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and must have at least sophmore class standing.  

The formal rush period takes place in mid-September and comprises four days of open houses when potential new members are encouraged to attend the events of any and all of the fraternity chapters participating in recruitment.  

At the completion of the open houses, a first round of membership invitations (A Bids) are distributed in a central place; these bids have to be accepted or declined that same day. A second round (B Bids) of the same process follows the next day.

During the formal rush period, the New York Zeta chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Colgate hosts the following rush events:

  • Dinosaur BBQ: A catered dinner at the chapter house with ribs, chicken and cornbread
  • Bash the Buick: Brother and guests dismantle a junk car
  • Semi-Formal Dinner: Invitation-only dinner in the Dining Room at the Chapter House
  • Backyard BBQ: Informal dinner with prospective brothers

Alumni members of Phi Delta Theta can recommend someone for membership at the following link:  Recommend a Student


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