Chapter GPA: 3.251
Chapter GPA Rank: 1
Founding beliefs, history, etc.
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity was inspired by Richard J. H. Gottheil, a professor of languages at Columbia University . Today, after many years of brotherhood development, the Zeta Beta Tau Brotherhood is 110,000 brothers strong and present at over 80 campuses in North America . ZBT has been at the forefront in pioneering new concepts – as evidenced by its very founding, its elimination of sectarian membership practices, and its ban on the pledge process. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Zeta Beta Tau sets a precedent for a 21 st Century fraternity by abandoning the concept of pledging. After accepting a bid, new Brothers are in fact Brothers, not second class citizens also known as pledges. As a new member, you are instantly connected to the benefits of the fraternity.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Zeta Beta Tau surfaced in 1916 as a secret society known as the Octosa Club of Madison . Colonized as the Alpha Kappa chapter of Zeta Beta Tau in 1922, the fraternity has been a powerhouse of excellence in Madison ever since. Today, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alpha Kappa chapter of Zeta Beta Tau takes pride in being a diverse yet tightly knit brotherhood. As one of the most national fraternities on campus, ZBT members hail from Los Angeles to New York City and from Minnesota to Texas . As that Zeta Beta Tau is one of the fastest growing and strongest fraternities on campus, it is truly a great time to be a “Zeeb”.
Zeta Beta Tau is known for unforgettable parties, events with sororities, and elegant formals. Every week the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity hosts a Brotherhood Development Event, which brings together the entire house for a variety of activities and events. The University of Wisconsin chapter of Zeta Beta Tau has also sponsored visits to Chicago , trips to major league baseball games, and weekends at other Big Ten ZBT chapters for Badger athletic events. Long after graduation, members of Zeta Beta Tau remark that the fraternity made their experience at UW-Madison the most memorable years of their lives.
Members of ZBT at the University of Wisconsin-Madison make a difference outside of the fraternity. They have been the editor-in-chief at the Badger Herald, high ranking members of ASM (our student government), Division I athletes, Big Ten Athlete of the Week, members of the Interfraternity Council, the Madison Israel Public Affairs Committee , the campus Hillel and Chabad, high level members of both College Democrats and College Republicans, and DJ’s at the UW-Madison student radio station. For house athletics, ZBT has teams or brothers participating in intramural football, basketball, tennis, and soccer, as well as the widely-heralded Z-Leage Basketball Organization.
The Alpha Kappa Chapter of ZBT has long held the belief that giving back is a vital part of any member’s involvement in our organization. We sponsor several charitable causes with philanthropy events throughout the school year. We have raised large donations through events and fundraisers for Cystic Fibrosis, the Children’s Miracle Network, the American Cancer Society and the Testicular Cancer Fund. The fraternity takes part in varied annual functions while raising money in a variety of other ways including participation in campus philanthropies, clothing drives, food drives, Relay for Life, and charitable donations.
Our house Academic Chairman heads an intensive academic program dedicated to assuring brothers’ academic welfare. The fraternity’s base of upperclassmen with diverse majors allows for in-house guidance and tutoring for underclassmen. The brothers major in diverse subjects such as economics, business, engineering, rhetoric, philosophy, and biology. As a whole, Zeta Beta Tau consistently ranks at the top of the Fraternity GPA list. Recently, University of Wisconsin-Madison ZBT brothers have gone on to attend top law, medical, and graduate schools across the country.