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Triangle Fraternity

Triangle Fraternity
Founded April 15, 1907; 108 years ago (1907-04-15)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Type Social
Emphasis Engineers, Architects, and Scientists
Scope National
Mission statement To develop balanced men in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, and Science by providing an environment which fosters personal growth and professional success.
Motto Latin: Veritas Omnia Vincit
(Truth Conquers All)
Colors      old rose and      gray [1]
Symbol Engineers' transit
Flower White chrysanthemum
Publication Triangle Review
Philanthropy Habitat for Humanity International
Chapters 37
Members 1,200+ collegiate
26,000+ [2] lifetime
Headquarters 120 South Center Street
Plainfield, Indiana, United States

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 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.[3]

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.


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The founders of Triangle 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.

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:

  1. Observe the precepts of the Fraternity as set forth in the Ritual;
  2. Accept cheerfully my full share of any task, however menial, involved in maintaining a chapter home;
  3. Preserve and promote the chosen ideals of my Fraternity;
  4. Pay all personal bills promptly, and always live within my means;
  5. Help create in my chapter home an environment in which enduring friendships may be formed;
  6. Maintain a creditable scholastic record;
  7. Promote the welfare of my profession;
  8. Maintain my self-respect by proper conduct at all times;
  9. Uphold faithfully the traditions and program of my Alma Mater;
  10. Pay the price of success in honest effort.

Notable alumni

The following men are all notable alumni of Triangle Fraternity:[4]

Chapter list

See also


  1. ^ "Graphics Library". Triangle Fraternity. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Triangle Fraternity Mourns the Loss of Br. Richard H. Sudheimer minn52". Triangle Fraternity. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Triangle Headquarters". Triangle Fraternity. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Triangle Fraternity. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 

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