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Difference Between Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta

Alpha Kappa Alpha vs Delta Sigma Theta: Which Sorority is Best for You?

Any college student eager for school activities would consider joining organizations. Organizations can either be academic or extracurricular. Examples of academic organizations are science and math clubs, as well as Math Olympiad and debate teams. Extracurricular organizations, on the other hand, are not connected to any academic subject. These organizations focus on student formation, charity or religious aims, and sometimes, even specific ideologies. Fraternities and sororities fall under the extracurricular organization category.

Fraternities and sororities are famous for instilling brotherhood or sisterhood by encouraging its members to obey a set of rules, follow a hierarchy, and voice out opinions on popular issues. Many such organizations have been recognized because of their contributions to society. Whenever important men or women and introduced to the public, their membership in a fraternity or sorority is also noted. However, some organizations are also infamous for requiring their acolytes to undergo hazing activities. Hazing is viewed as an initiation rite in which every acolyte should surmount challenges in order to be recognized as a ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ in a fraternity or sorority. Hazing results in injury or in some cases even death. Acolytes who survive hazing become full-fledged members of the organization, and are given a chance to participate in future hazing activities as well. Hazing is viewed as barbaric and despicable by human-rights groups. Unfortunately, it still persists nowadays because it is viewed as a tradition even by prominent fraternities and sororities.

Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta are two prominent sororities which have garnered good reputation through the years. The difference between the two stems from the fact that Alpha Kappa Alpha came first. The sorority was founded in 1908, at the Howard University. However, five years later, some members of Alpha Kappa Alpha broke away and formed the Delta Sigma Theta. The Delta Sigma Theta members formed their own traditions, mottoes, and colors completely independent of the Alpha Kappa Alpha. As a result, there has always been friendly rivalry between the two organizations.

If you’re a female college student interested in acquiring membership for either Alpha Kappa Alpha or Delta Sigma Theta, it would be a good idea to attend events hosted by either sorority. In this way, you would have an idea how things are run in that sorority. Both sororities are famous for championing social causes and contributing to charitable institutions, unlike other sororities which focus solely on sisterhood and maintaining social status quo in a certain university. Becoming a member of either Alpha Kappa Alpha or Delta Sigma Theta means a lifetime commitment to a specific ideology and fulfilling their objectives. Having a sorority can be an advantage in college. Most students join sororities to attain a sense of belonging, and to meet new friends as well. Good sororities such as the Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta hold meetings and nurture their members even beyond college.


1. Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta are prominent sororities.

2. Alpha Kappa Alpha was formed in 1908 at Howard University. Five years later, some members of the sorority broke away and founded Delta Sigma Theta. As a result, friendly rivalry always existed between the two sororities because of their common origin.

3. Attending events hosted by either sorority would grant one an overview how the sorority works, along with its ideology and aims.

4. Prominent sororities are usually involved in social action and charitable causes, unlike minor sororities which only focus on sisterhood and maintaining a social status quo in a university.

5. Most students join sororities to attain a sense of belonging, and to meet new friends as well.

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  1. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (http://www.sgrho1922.org/) was founded in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Butler University by seven school teachers looking to improve the community through their dedication to service.

    Unlike AKA or DST, Sigma Gamma Rho is the only African American sorority established on a predominately white campus.

    Our sorority is generally smaller, because we value quality or quantity within our chapter and do no mandate a specific number to which our chapters must remain at, like Alpha Kappa Alpha does with the minimum being eight.

    Due to our smaller numbers we are extremely close to one another, but are present throughout five nations including the Virgin Islands.

    • Speaking as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. AND as a student at Butler University, AKA does not require minimum number of members in a chapter. I know chapters going strong with two members. MY chapter was instrumental in the founding of your sorority as Kappa Chapter was chartered in 1920 at Butler University. Knowledge is Power.

    • SGHRO: glad to hear that your sorority was founded on a predominately white campus. WHat was your point of mentioning that. It does nothing for the credibility of your org and as my AKA sister greek said, KAPPA chapter of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA was their two year before your founding. So the lesson learn is not only was your “sorority” late to be first Afro-American sorority it was also late at being the first sorority to be at a predominately white campus. like this response… SGRHO will also be simply just LATE which equals to LAME…

      • there really is no need for that. you can correct someone without sounding immature. If you are in a sorority, I assume you’ve at least been in college for a while, as in you are basically an adult. Act like one. (plus, you’re giving aka’s a bad name…)

        • I am seeking membership with the Deltas and I truly appreciate your response because there is no need to be negative. Way to go future sorer.

          • To “Delta Bound,” it’s great to have a ‘desire’ to join a particular organization, however, I’m sure you do understand that voicing your opinion of actually being granted an INVITATION to join is not looked upon favorably. Since this is an anonymous venue, you are able to be somewhat unknown; hopefully you aren’t speaking about being a ‘future Delta’ in real life. Just a little helpful advice. . .:-)

  2. Secret societies!!! Supposed to be sisters but arguing who’s the best? No thank u

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