Samuel Eells, the visionary founder of Alpha Delta Phi, most eloquently expressed the principle purpose of the Fraternity. It was his intent that "this new association, with a true philosophical spirit, looking to the entire man, develop his whole being - moral, social, and intellectual." Since its beginning at Hamilton College in 1832, The Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity has sought to provide a comprehensive growth experience for young men at leading universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.
As lifelong members of a fraternal brotherhood, Brothers unite to participate in an atmosphere of energetic and concerted interaction where the moral, social and intellectual aspects of each man's character may grow and flourish. Special importance is attached to five areas: enhancing personal self esteem; promoting constructive respect and caring for others with diverse backgrounds and personalities; developing leadership qualities and self discipline; improving scholastic and literary skills; and serving the school and community.
Alpha Delta Phi is the fifth oldest fraternity in the United States and the fourth oldest social fraternity. Because of its progressive vision and desire to expand beyond Hamilton College, Alpha Delta Phi was the stimulus for the formation of numerous other social fraternities in existence today besides its own chapters. Of the original four fraternities in the United States besides Alpha Delta Phi, only two remain in existence; Phi Beta Kappa and the Kappa Alpha Society.
As a commitment to continue its tradition of developing the leaders of tomorrow, Alpla Delta Phi at the University of Wisconsin, in partnership with the Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation, Inc., has established a scholarship program for incoming freshmen to the University. For more information, click on Archer Scholarship above.