Delta Sigma Pi Facts and Terminology

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If you're new to Delta Sigma Pi, or unfamiliar with the facts and terminology you encounter in a professional or business fraternity, you've come to the right place. This information will help you find answers to your questions and learn the vocabulary that will help you to participate more fully and benefit more broadly from the activities, communications, and events you'll run across in your business fraternity membership.

What is Delta Sigma Pi's legal name?

International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, Inc.

Where can I learn about the Fraternity's history?

Find historical information about Delta Sigma Pi's evolution as a professional fraternity and information about our founders in the Delta Sigma Pi Resources section of this website.

What is the mission of Delta Sigma Pi? What is its purpose?

The purpose of Delta Sigma Pi, as stated in the preamble to our bylaws, is: "Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community."

Find out more about the values and mission of the Fraternity as well as our purpose online, or by contacting your local chapter leadership.

How many chapters does Delta Sigma Pi have?

Delta Sigma Pi currently has 293 chartered collegiate chapters, of which 223 are currently active, and 56 currently franchised alumni chapters located around the country.

How many members does Delta Sigma Pi have?

The Fraternity currently has over 260,000 total initiated members.

What are Delta Sigma Pi's colors and symbols?

Our official colors are old gold and royal purple, and our official flower is the red rose.

How should I refer to the Fraternity?

Most pledges and members refer to the Fraternity as Delta Sigma Pi. The name of our magazine is The DELTASIG, and members often call the organization Deltasig. Our members are often referred to as Deltasigs—always spelled as one word rather than two—as in, "We're Deltasigs for life" or "I'm proud to be a Deltasig." The organization is less commonly referred to as DSP, derived from our Greek letters, ΔΣΠ.

What is the difference between fees and dues?

Basically, pledges pay fees to join the Fraternity, and initiated collegiate members pay dues to offset costs of certain Fraternity activities. Additionally, fees may also be charged for a service, such as leasing badges, regalia maintenance, insurance, and interest on past due accounts. Some alumni chapters also charge local dues to alumni members who would like to join the alumni chapter.

What is a colony?

A group of students may organize as a fraternity to petition Delta Sigma Pi to charter a chapter on their campus. This group is referred to as a colony.

Are there any other words or phrases I should be aware of, or be careful not to use at fraternity events?

You can find more helpful hints in our Delta Sigma Pi Terminology PDF.