Zeta Tau Alpha was founded October 15, 1898, by nine women at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia. At only 14-15 years of age, these young women desired permanence to their friendships and hoped to perpetuate their sisterhood long after college. Zeta Tau Alpha was started as a fraternity, meaning they were not started by a brother organization. The young women knew of the fraternity system through brothers and friends. Their aim was, first and foremost, to band together in a union providing lasting qualities, girls who were congenial companions and close friends, perpetuating those friendships beyond college days. Now Zeta is the third largest National Panhellenic Congress group with 223 chartered collegiate chapters throughout the United States and Canada and over 260 active Alumnae organizations, thereby giving Zeta the distinction of being an International Fraternity.
Symbols: Crown, Strawberry
Flower: The White Violet
Colors: Turquoise Blue and Steel Grey
Open Motto: “Seek the Noblest”
Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Awareness and Education
The Theta Iota chapter of ZTA at the University of North Florida was founded on February 19, 1977. Zeta Tau Alpha was the first sorority on our campus and we continuously strive to exceed the ideals our Founders sought for the future of our Fraternity on our college campus and in our Jacksonville community. A gold link inscribed “Alpha” begins Zeta Tau Alpha’s chain of chapters. Each time a new collegiate chapter is installed, a silver link etched with the chapter’s Greek name is added to the chain. Our chapter at the University of North Florida is link 175. The ZTA experience is made up of many parts. Sisters are connected to a large network of over 235,000 women, which provides countless opportunities. The bonds of friendship that are formed in both collegiate and alumnae chapters last a lifetime. Women develop leadership skills by taking on responsibility both within ZTA and in their communities. The Fraternity and ZTA Foundation support members’ growth through educational programming and opportunities to serve others and promote breast cancer education and awareness. Members of ZTA are encouraged to follow their passion, and their sisters are there to support those goals.