Our Purpose

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice, to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce; and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.



Delta Sigma Pi was founded in 1907 at New York University School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance by Harold Valentine Jacobs, Alexander Frank Makay, Alfred Moysello and Henry Albert Tienken. In the academic world at that time, the formation of schools of business was relatively new. There were only a handful of such schools in the United States in 1906 and one such school, known as the School of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance existed at New York University.

In the opinion of these four men decided they should do something for the benefit of the student body at large. They decided to form a club that would be open to all business students. On April 2, 1908, the name Delta Sigma Pi was adopted by the membership and the bylaws were also approved at this meeting. Soon after, a motion was made to adopt the colors purple and gold as the official colors of Delta Sigma Pi.

For over 100 years, Delta Sigma Pi has been committed to promote and inspire the professional goals of its members and has become the foremost business fraternity for men and women. It is our intention to make a larger impact in the community, just as businesses in general have a unique opportunity to contribute to the larger community. Our educational programs such as the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation provide financial assistance, leadership development, and personal and professional improvement. 

A great strength of our Fraternity is a membership as diverse as the business world, for which we are preparing our members. We are a mixture of different voices from different backgrounds that challenge fixed ways of thinking and lead us to excellent ideas at both the chapter level and in the business world.

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