Zeta Tau Alpha Women's Fraternity

Kappa Rho Chapter

Founded Nationally: State Female Normal School, October 15, 1898

Chartered at Upstate: February 16, 2002

Symbol(s): Five-Point Crown, Strawberry, White Violet

Color(s): Turquoise Blue & Steel Grey

Nickname(s): ZTA, Zeta

National Affiliation: National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)

Minimum National Requirements: None Listed 

Chapter Instagram: upstatezta

Zeta Tau Alpha Women's Fraternity National Website

Two Zeta Tau Alpha sisters wearing graduation stoles with linked arms looking at each other and smiling

Since Oct. 15, 1898, Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity has been dedicated to enriching the lives of women. At the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia, our founders, nine young women, envisioned an organization that would perpetuate their ties

of friendship. We strive to help our members embody these timeless values while thriving in the modern world. As our creed says, “In Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives.”

Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness, and the fraternity has partnerships with the American Cancer Society, the NFL, and Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. The Kappa Rho chapter hosts “Pink Out” athletic events on campus, and sponsors several fundraisers throughout the community.

Zeta Tau Alpha offers each member the opportunity to develop to her fullest potential while maintaining a balance between academic, leadership, service and social endeavors. The motto of Zeta Tau Alpha, “Seek the Noblest,” can be seen through leadership positions held by Zetas in many of the USC Upstate’s campus organizations. In the past, Kappa Rho has been honored to be Greek Week and Homecoming champions, as well as Zeta Day winners. They have also been recognized on a national level for recruitment excellence, scholastic achievement, campus involvement, service and fundraising.

Sisterhood is a word that every member of Zeta Tau Alpha keeps close to her heart. As a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, every day we strengthen the relationships that begin on Bid Day and last a lifetime.


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