Delta Zeta Sorority was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on October 24, 1902.
In 1902, Dr. Guy Potter Benton was elected as the president of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. One of his first actions was to allow young women to enroll in the previously all-male university. That fall, six of the newly admitted female students organized the first sorority chapter. When these six young women came together in 1902 to form a social sorority, they had a vision of lifetime sisterhood fostered by ideals that they cherished. These friends bonded quickly as they faced the challenges of starting a sorority on a male-dominated campus.
The young women consulted Dr. Benton regarding the founding of such an organization. Having been a leader in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity he was familiar with the processes of a Greek organization and became a valuable resource for the women in the establishment of the first Delta Zeta chapter.
The founding members were: Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Anna Keen, Julia Bishop, Mabelle Minton, and Anne Simmons.
Dr. Guy Potter Benton aided in preparation of the ritual, badge, and colors. Four new members soon joined the sisterhood, the first of whom was Elizabeth Coulter. Dr. Benton was named the Grand Patron and became the only man ever awarded the Delta Zeta badge.
Delta Zeta has grown to be one of the largest sororities in the world with over 165 collegiate chapters and over 250 alumnae chapters.