About Zeta Tau Alpha

In 1898, nine young women at the Virginia State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) formalized their friendship by forming Zeta Tau Alpha. Away from home for the first time, these 15- and 16-year-olds longed for companionship while they studied to be teachers. Fearing their unique friendship would fade without a formal bond to sustain it, they met in secret by candlelight in the bathroom of their dormitory. At the start, they used only three question marks as their group name. The first minute book of regular meetings states Zeta Tau Alpha was organized Oct. 15, 1898.

Learn more about how Zeta Tau Alpha was founded.

We now have more than 275,000 initiated members, 174 active collegiate chapters and more than 230 alumnae chapters across the country.

The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation is the philanthropic and fundraising arm of the Fraternity. The Foundation leads our efforts in breast cancer education and awareness, provides nearly $900,000 in scholarships annually, and sponsors educational and leadership opportunities for our members and others.

The ZTA Fraternity Housing Corporation is the largest in the Panhellenic world and provides safe, secure and competitive housing for all our collegiate members.

Explore the national ZTA website to find additional information about our Nine Key Values, policies, dedication to inclusion, programming and more.

"There's no simple way to describe what ZTA means to me. Going into school I wasn't sure if Greek Life was for me. The majority of my family went greek and highly encouraged me to try it out. I did and of course, went ZTA and it was without a doubt the best decision I have ever made. ZTA has brought me lifelong friends who are definitely more like family. My sisters have been with me through thick and thin and I would do anything for them! ZTA has also brought me leadership opportunities which I never really imagined I would take.  Going into BSC I knew I'd grow a lot freshman year and ZTA had a lot to do with that by providing me leadership opportunities and a place where I could challenge myself and become who I am today, and who I will become." -Casey Gilreath, C/O 2022

 

"I feel very fortunate to have this sisterhood/support system that embraces my quirks and accepts me for who I am. Everyone is always so open and encouraging, no matter what circumstances or situation in life you are going through. I also love that this sisterhood is so diverse, and yet everyone shares similar values. Choosing ZTA as my home freshman year has given me countless opportunities for meeting new friends, gaining leadership experience, and achieving success. My experience at BSC would not be the same without ZTA!" -McKenzi King, C/O 2019

 

"Zeta to me means finding amazing sisters that you never thought you would have in your life. The relationships I have formed in Zeta are my favorite thing to ever come out of college. I debated on rushing when I first started college, but I have never been so glad I have done something in my life." -Hope Martin, C/O 2021

 

"I loved being able to provide a pathway for change. Each president in Alpha Nu paves their own road using their unique leadership skills, and I loved knowing I could make a lasting impact on the chapter! My favorite memory is probably the pumpkin patch because I got to hang out with sisters I don't always connect with, and I love getting to visit cool places like that!" --Lauren Morgan, former President, C/O 2019

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