Delta Upsilon History
In 1955, the Kansas State Chapter of Delta Upsilon was established. The Colony started with 11 men, whom the Kansas State 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 during their first semester and moved into their first house at 1642 Fairchild. During this time, the club earned the Favorite Man on Campus honor and placed second in homecoming decorations. Within one year of being established 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 during its first year on campus and was forced to move into temporary quarters and begin planning the house we live in today. By 1959, construction had begun at 1425 University Drive, the location of the present day DU house. DU received the Most Outstanding Young Chapter award and moved into the new house by December – a truly remarkable achievement. In 1999, the Kansas State Chapter added a 1.7 million-dollar expansion to its chapter, adding a 3rd floor and renovating the dining room. The house now has a capacity of 82 members and is one of the largest chapters on campus. Furthermore, DU underwent a 2.5 million-dollar renovation in 2018, which consisted of a new library, an updated dining room, and expanded both the parking lot and recreational area. DU consistently ranks near the top in academics, athletics, homecoming, reputation, and campus involvement. As a non-secret organization, Delta Upsilon opens all chapter meetings and initiation ceremonies to the public. Annually, 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, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 the Kansas State Chapter of Delta Upsilon has been honored to receive this prestigious award.
DU ranks among the top of KSU's fraternities in overall GPA and is a very strong competitor in intramural sports. DUs have had strong intramural success with a team championship in soccer and runner up finishes in basketball, football and ultimate frisbee. These achievements along with various individual championships have led to DU ranking 4th overall for competitions among all K-State fraternities.
The Kansas State Chapter has consistently been among the top chapters in Delta Upsilon as a Sweepstakes Finalist (top seven chapters in the Fraternity) since 2011; receiving the highest honor in the Fraternity as Sweepstakes Trophy Winner in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Winning nine Sweepstakes Trophies in a ten year timespan is unprecedented in the Fraternity’s 187-year history as a total of 80 chapters compete for this prestigious 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 Kiva Catering.