What is Phi Delta Theta?
Phi Delta Theta was founded in 1848 at Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio. It is one of the oldest and most respected fraternal organizations
in the United States. The fraternity is comprised of more than 170 active
chapters in 43 states and Canada, and has initiated over 200,000 men into its
brotherhood. Phi Delta Theta was founded on the principles of friendship, sound
learning, and moral rectitude. The Mississippi Beta chapter of Phi Delta Theta
was founded in 1990. Despite its relative youth, the chapter has been quite
successful at MSU. Over its first ten years on campus, the chapter was the
fastest growing chapter of Phi Delta Theta in the nation and has twice been
awarded the Founder’s Trophy, the International Fraternity’s highest award of
excellence. The chapter is comprised of approximately 99 men and over 543
alumni. The men of the chapter are commonly known on campus as “Phis” or “Phi
some of the benefits of Phi Delta Theta membership?
Development & Leadership – Fraternity men learn how to respond socially to many
different situations—fine tuning their social skills and learning how to
interact with diverse groups of people. Our members learn how to be confident,
effective leaders. The chapter provides members with many formal leadership
opportunities and a chance to use their individual skills for a greater goal.
- Fraternity men meet a lot of people! Not only are members given opportunities
to network with other members of the chapter and their families, but our members
work together with other students (both Greek and non-Greek) in countless campus
organizations. These connections are valuable assets to our members after
Graduation Rate - Statistics indicate that, on average, fraternity men are more
likely to finish their college degree and graduate with a higher GPA than non
fraternity men. That has certainly held true in our chapter
and at MSU, where the all-fraternity GPA is consistently higher than that of all
College Experience - The undergraduate experience of fraternity men is
significantly different from that of other students. On average, Greeks become
more involved in university activities and have opportunities to meet
exponentially more people during their time on campus. Greeks typically make
return trips to their alma mater far more frequently than independents and are
more likely to be generous donors to their university later in life. Phi Delt
alums often revisit their alma mater for MSU sporting events and for chapter
events. Our alums are active in the MSU Alumni Association and consistently give
back to the fraternity and to the university that gave so much to them as
Aren’t fraternities expensive?
really. Our dues are quite reasonable, especially when compared to dues assessed
by other chapters on the MSU campus. Members living in the house enjoy
considerable savings versus the expenses of living in an apartment. Rent charged
by the chapter is comparable to the cost of a campus dorm room, with many more
amenities, including DirecTV service, and in-house meals.
advises the MSU chapter?
Chapter management is coordinated on several levels
between the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity organization and the students themselves, with input from chapter alumni:
The daily operations of the
chapter are conducted by the chapter’s elected executive council (president,
vice president, secretary, treasurer, two rush chairmen, pledge trainer,
social trainer, and house manager) as well as a number of other
non-executive elected officers. The executive council as well as the full
active chapter hold weekly meetings where chapter business is conducted.
General Headquarters: Our chapter must follow
strict operational guidelines established by the Phi Delta Theta General
Headquarters in order to maintain our charter. The fraternity’s General
Headquarters sends chapter consultants to campus periodically to evaluate
the performance and compliance of the MSU chapter.
The chapter house is owned and managed by the Mississippi Beta Housing
Corporation, whose board of directors is comprised of five chapter alumni
and two active chapter members. The Housing Corporation is responsible for
all capital fundraising activities, house renovations and improvements,
recurring house maintenance and fire safety, and the employment and
supervision of the house director and kitchen staff.
Alumni Board: The chapter has an eight
member advisory board comprised of chapter alumni of various ages. These men
are charged with ensuring that Phi Delta Theta at Mississippi State
continues to be a chapter of excellence. The board advises and mentors
chapter officers in the areas of leadership, risk management,
administration, and financial management.
Can parents get involved with the chapter?
Absolutely! Our members’ parents are encouraged to join the Parents Association.
This group is very active and works closely with the chapter, assisting with
important chapter events including formal rush and homecoming. The Parents
Association has recently raised funds used to purchase equipment for the chapter
house, and often tailgates with our members during home football games. This
active group a great opportunity to get to know our members and other parents.
What social events
does the fraternity host?
The chapter enjoys a
full social schedule with a band party for every home football game, including
an expanded Homecoming Weekend schedule. In the spring semester, the chapter
hosts a black tie formal, Spring Band Party, and various events for Super
Bulldog Weekend. Phi Delt also hosts numerous sorority swaps during the fall and
spring semesters as well as a full summer rush schedule. The chapter's full
social schedule is posted each semester on
Does the chapter participate in any philanthropy events?
Indeed. Every year, the chapter hosts an all Greek charity volleyball
tournament, with the proceeds benefiting a charity of the chapter’s choice. In
recent years, the chapter has been able to raise approximately $10,000 with each
event for worthy organizations such as the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig’s
disease). Phi Delt also an active participant in charity events hosted by other
fraternities and sororities on campus.
What is the best way to stay informed of chapter news & events?
for Phi-Mail, the chapter’s free email news service! Whenever chapter news or
event information is released, you’ll be the first to know--it will be emailed
to you automatically. Click here
to sign up!
What is the chapter house like?.
The Phi Delt house is
Sorority Row, next to the Delta Delta Delta House and directly across the
street from Phi Mu Sorority. The house measures approximately 12,000 square
feet and sits on a one acre lot. Upstairs, the house has 18 bedrooms that can
serve as single or double rooms with two large, newly renovated bathrooms at
both ends of the hallway. Downstairs, the house has a newly renovated parlor
room, fully furnished with new leather couches, an entertainment center, trophy
case, and various other novelties; a pool room with a big screen television and
a new full sized pool table; a chapter room that doubles as a dining area in
coordination with the chapter’s meal plan; a laundry area; and full house
director’s suite. The back of the house offers a basketball court and two large
wooden decks lined with benches and patio seating areas. The decks overlook a
full sand volleyball court on our lot below.
What kind of amenities are available in the chapter house?
DirecTV - Each bedroom and downstairs television is connected to DirecTV
service, which includes over 150 channels (with local networks), a generous
sports programming package (including all regional Fox Sports channels), and 18
premium movie channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.).
High Speed Internet access – The chapter is pleased to now provide members and
residents with free Internet access through a connection to Mississippi State’s
high speed network. Each individual bedroom is hard wired for Ethernet access.
In addition, wireless internet access is available from anywhere in the chapter
house and on the back decks for our members’ convenience.
Laundry – The chapter offers house residents free use of two commercial combo
washer/dryer units located in the downstairs area of the chapter house.
Utilities – All utilities (electricity, water, etc.) are included in rent
charged to members who live in the house.
Telephone – Landline telephone service in individual rooms is not included, as
our members have shown a strong preference to use their cell phones in lieu of
local landline service. House residents can easily sign up for a landline phone
number through MSU Telecommunications if they so choose, or use one of a number
of broadband Internet phone companies for a very reasonable monthly charge.
Fax - The chapter fax machine, on a dedicated line, is located in the
housemother's suite and is available to any chapter member for sending or
receiving. The fax number is (662) 325-7848.
Campus Shuttle Service – The campus shuttle system has a stop on the Gray Route
just steps away from the front door of the Phi Delt house. The shuttle runs
every weekday from 7:30am – 5:00p.m., providing students with free, quick, safe
transportation to all areas of campus.
Does the house offer a meal plan?
Yes. The chapter has a fully commercial kitchen and full time chef who prepares
nine hot, homemade meals every week. The meal
plan, designed and
supervised by the house director, is very affordable and, as our chapter members
will certainly attest, the food is much better (and healthier) than standard
cafeteria food. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, and dinner is served
Monday through Thursday nights. A salad and beverage bar is available with
every meal and included with the cost of the meal plan.
the house meet fire codes?
chapter house is regularly inspected by the fire marshal from the Starkville
Fire Department. In addition, the house is monitored by a networked fire alarm
system, capable of automatically dialing the local fire department. This system
is on a regular maintenance contract with a local security company. Separate
from the fire alarm system, the house has a sprinkler system with outlets in
every room of the house (including bedrooms). The chapter conducts fire drills
every semester in the presence of the Starkville fire marshal and has emergency
exit plans posted in every bedroom.
Fraternity Rush & The
Rush and when does it take place?
the process by which new members join a fraternity. Phi Delta Theta
participates in formal and informal rush.
Formal Rush – Takes
place at the beginning of the fall semester and is organized by the MSU Office
of Greek Life and the Interfraternity Council. Prospective new members (“rushees”)
sign up for the selection process and are brought to all fraternity houses to
meet the members and learn about each chapter. Formal rush lasts one week and
concludes with Bid Day, marking the end of the mutual selection process. The
chapter’s Summer Rush functions precede formal rush and give rushees a better
opportunity to meet our members before their first day of classes at MSU. For
more information on formal rush, visit the Interfraternity Council website. For
more information on Summer Rush, visit
Informal Rush – Takes place year round. Informal rush is meeting and getting to
know potential new members at chapter functions, sporting events, campus
organizations, traveling rush events, summer rush, etc.
How does the pledge process work?
Phi Delta Theta, like most other MSU fraternities, run two pledge semesters—fall and
spring. The fall pledge class is selected in formal rush and is usually a
bigger group of new members. The spring semester is the result of informal rush
activities and is normally smaller in number.
Pledges learn about the fraternity and get to know every active member of the
chapter. Pledges attend regularly scheduled study halls and emphasis is placed
on their academic achievement during this, their first semester in the
fraternity. After a satisfactory pledge semester, pledges are then initiated
into full fraternity membership.
Pledges must achieve
a minimum standard grade point average in order to be initiated into the
chapter. Our pledges consistently achieve an average GPA higher than the all
Greek average and well above the all men’s average. The chapter takes academic
achievement very seriously..
Phi Delta Theta
General Headquarters has a strict no hazing policy to which all chapters,
including Mississippi Beta, must adhere. Our chapter strongly enforces this no
hazing policy and has adopted similar policies in our chapter bylaws. For more
information on Phi Delta Theta’s hazing policy, please visit the general
fraternity website at phideltatheta.org.