Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity was founded Oct. 15, 1898, at the Virginia State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. We now have more than 270,000 initiated members, 173 active collegiate chapters and 234 alumnae chapters across the country.
The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation is the philanthropic and fund raising branch of the Fraternity. The ZTAF leads our efforts in breast cancer education and awareness, provides more than $700,000 in scholarships annually, and sponsors educational and leadership opportunities for our members and others. ZTAF is partnered with the American Cancer Society, National Football League, and Bright Pink.
The ZTA Fraternity Housing Corporation is the largest in the Panhellenic world and provides safe, secure and competitive housing for all our collegiate members. The ZTA Housing Corporation currently owns or manages 113 facilities.
From the charter granted to Zeta Tau Alpha by the State of Virginia, March 15, 1902: The object of said association shall be to intensify friendship, promote happiness among its members, and in every way to create such sentiments, to perform such deeds, and to mould such opinions as will conduce to the building up of a nobler and purer womanhood in the world.
the creed of zta
To make a difference in the lives of our members by developing the potential of each individual through innovative programming, which emphasizes leadership development, service to others, academic achievement and continued personal growth for women, with a commitment to friendship and the future based on the sisterhood, values and traditions of the past.
The purpose of Zeta Tau Alpha is the intensifying of friendship, the fostering of a spirit of love, the creating of such sentiments, the performing of such deeds, and the moulding of such opinions as will be conducive to the building up of a purer and nobler womanhood in the world.
“Seek the Noblest”
9 key values
Here in Zeta Tau Alpha, we strive to live our lives in accordance with our 9 key values of:
Being rather than seeming
As a sisterhood, we strive to establish a community of genuine, diverse, and bold women who are not afraid to live with authenticity. We value individuality and celebrate the unique qualities each member brings to the chapter.
Humility calls us to be humble in our thoughts and actions, always seeking to serve others before ourselves.
Leaders unify, inspire, and cultivate the means for positive change. As a chapter, we strive to initiate such change and continually seek progress both in and beyond our organization.
We value the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and skills through the means of lifelong experience and sincere curiosity. We aim to be well educated, competent, and resilient individuals who can overcome any task.
We strive to cultivate a community of kindness through genuine appreciation and friendship. Even beyond our chapter, we hope to extend compassion and sincere care to all people.
Loyalty & Commitment
Devotion to the mission and members of Zeta Tau Alpha is a lifelong responsibility. No matter where we are, we’re called to uphold The Creed’s values and, “have the welfare and harmony of the fraternity at heart.”
By holding each other accountable for our words and actions, we’re able to establish a community of trust. Responsibility, although upheld by each member, is also the mission of the chapter as a whole.
Seeking understanding that we might gain true wisdom
We strive to have a deeper understanding of the world around us so we may be better equipped to utilize our knowledge in a purposeful and impactful way.
Service & Philanthropy
Since Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness, we seek to passionately serve our community and those affected by cancer. Through various platforms, events, and volunteers, our chapter engages in a spectrum of philanthropic matters year-round.