Delta Upsilon History
In 1955, the general DU Fraternity disclosed the possibility of starting a Chapter on the K-State campus. The Colony started with 11 men whom the Kansas State University Dean of Students had screened from 231 applicants. The group had its first meeting on Feb. 15, 1955, and was known thereafter as the 1834 Club. The 1834 Club ranked second in scholarship its first semester. They moved into a house at 1642 Fairchild and during this time the club earned the Favorite Man on Campus honor. They also placed second in homecoming decorations. After less than one year at K-State, the 1834 Club had made such unprecedented progress that it was installed into the International Fraternity on November 17, 1956. DU doubled in size its first year but lost its lease on the house. It moved to temporary quarters and began planning the house we live in today. By 1959, enough capital was raised, loans were obtained, and construction had begun at 1425 University Drive. DU received the Most Outstanding Young Chapter award and moved into the house by December – a truly remarkable achievement. In 1999, the Kansas State Chapter added a 1.7 million-dollar expansion to its chapter. The house now has a capacity of 82 members and is one of the largest chapters on campus. It consistently ranks near the top in academics, athletics, homecoming, reputation, and campus involvement. As a non-secret organization, Delta Upsilon invites not only its members but also the community to attend its chapter meetings and initiation ceremony. Each year Delta Upsilon International awards a single DU chapter with the “Sweepstakes Award,” which is awarded to the best DU chapter each year. In the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Kansas State Chapter of Delta Upsilon was awarded this Sweepstakes Award.
DU ranks among the top of KSU's fraternities in overall GPA and is a very strong competitor in intramural sports. Du's have had strong intramural success with a team championship in football and runner up in finishes in Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee. These achievements along with various individual championships have led DU to rank 4th for overall finish in competitions among all K-State fraternities.
Since 2011, the Kansas State Chapter has consistently been among the top chapters in Delta Upsilon as a Sweepstakes Finalist (top seven chapters in the Fraternity) in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and receiving the highest honor in the Fraternity as Sweepstakes Trophy Winner in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Winning seven Sweepstakes Trophies in an eight year span is unprecedented in the Fraternity’s 182-year history. A total of 80 chapters in North America compete for the honor.
Living at Delta Upsilon is more affordable than living in the residence halls. Room and board for 2018-2019 was $3840 per semester compared to higher room, board and dining plans in the residence halls. Included in the house payments, DU members are served 15 fresh meals weekly that are catered by Bluestem Bistro.