Triangle Fraternity is a social fraternity, limiting its recruitment of members to male students majoring in engineering, architecture, and the physical, mathematical, biological, and computer sciences. It is the only member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference to limit its membership recruitment to these majors.
Triangle Fraternity Badge
Triangle Fraternity organized at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 1906 and was incorporated by the state of Illinois on 15 April 1907, which is celebrated each year as Founders’ Day.
There are currently thirty-five chapters and eight colonies of Triangle Fraternity active in the U.S. The headquarters is located in Plainfield, Indiana in a historic building built as a Carnegie library in 1912.
Because Triangle’s focus is on men of mostly similar fields of study, it is thought that members are more likely to be able to help each other succeed in their college studies. This focus also helps with professional networking later in life, particularly as there are alumni groups scattered throughout the world.
Triangle Fraternity is one of three national fraternities to not have Greek letters, with the others being FarmHouse and Acacia Fraternity.
Triangle’s beginnings came from the desire of some congenial college friends to extend their friendship, not only through college, but also for life. In the fall of 1906, sixteen Civil Engineering juniors at the University of Illinois began the association that became Triangle Fraternity. These founders based their organization on the principles of honor, friendship, character, brotherhood, courage, and ideals. They quickly developed plans and, on 15 April 1907, incorporated Triangle in the State of Illinois. The date of incorporation has been designated as Founders’ Day, and Triangle appropriately celebrates it every year at each chapter.
History — Founding Fathers
Triangle’s beginnings came from the desire of some congenial college friends to extend their friendship, not only through college, but also for life. It was in the fall of 1906 that sixteen civil engineering juniors at the University of Illinois began the association that became Triangle Fraternity. These Founders based their organization on the principles of honor, friendship, character, brotherhood, courage, and ideals. They developed their plans quickly, and on April 15, 1907, incorporated Triangle in the State of Illinois. The date of incorporation has been designated as Founders’ Day, and Triangle appropriately celebrates it every year at each chapter.
- Edwin B. Adams
- Wilbur G. Burroughs
- Stanley G. Cutler
- Ruby O. Harder
- Theron R. Howser
- Robert Emmett Keough
- Thomas E. Lowry
- Milton H. McCoy
- Meryl S. Morgan
- Ernest B. Nettleton
- Raymond C. Pierce
- Franklin N. Ropp
- Arthur Schwerin
- Charles M. Slaymaker
- Charles E. Waterhouse
- Emil A. Weber
Code of Ethics
Triangle Fraternity was founded on high ethical and moral ideals, and expects the men of the Fraternity to follow a set Code of Ethics, which is as follows:
As a member of Triangle, I recognize my obligation to:
- Observe the precepts of the Fraternity as set forth in the Ritual;
- Accept cheerfully my full share of any task, however menial, involved in maintaining a chapter home;
- Preserve and promote the chosen ideals of my Fraternity;
- Pay all personal bills promptly, and always live within my means;
- Help create in my chapter home an environment in which enduring friendships may be formed;
- Maintain a creditable scholastic record;
- Promote the welfare of my profession;
- Maintain my self-respect by proper conduct at all times;
- Uphold faithfully the traditions and program of my Alma Mater;
- Pay the price of success in honest effort.
— Read More History on Triangle Fraternity on Wikipedia
- Founded On: April 15th, 1907 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Type: Social Fraternity
- Colors: Old Rose and Gray
- Flower: White Chrysanthemum
- Nicknames: Triangle-Fraternity
- Chapters: 34 Chapters
- Website: www.triangle.org
- Motto: Veritas Omnia Vincit — “Truth Conquers All”