Why Ohio Zeta?

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You already know the impact Greek life has—because you lived it. The term ‘social fraternity’ might give the impression that the Greek experience is superficial. But research shows that personal connections and friendships are the key to happiness.  

These lifelong relationships are only part of what makes the fraternity experience so transformational. From our career trajectories to our family’s values, our Ohio Zeta experience played a key role. Our experiences helped make us into the people we are today.  

Here is an eBook of some of the best responses to recent a survey of Greek communities across the country. These quotes illustrate why Greek life is and will remain a key part of the higher education experience. Click HERE to read the eBook and keep reading to see what Ohio Zeta members had to say. 


  • I enjoyed and respected the guys I met at PDT and thought it was a good fit. Just making friends and getting along with the guys in the House. Our House brothers at PDT were all quality, good guys, the experience of multiple personalities having to live and work together to create an enjoyable and productive living environment, was a good life experience. - Tom Backhus ’70 


  • “I believe that Phi Delta Theta helped me make the success that I achieved, as a husband, father, businessman, and community leader.” - George Johnson ’56 


  • “Every single day of my life was impacted by my membership in PDT. The strong feeling of true brotherhood led me to begin a journey where I learned to trust others. More importantly, I learned to trust myself. Because others believed in me, my confidence grew, and all my leadership qualities began to come out. If you can stand in front of a room full of fraternity brothers, command their attention, sway them to your point of view and get them to buy into what you are trying to accomplish...you will gain a valuable tool no matter what endeavor you choose to make a living. Membership in Phi Delta Theta gave me that, plus a lifetime of the best friends a man could ever ask for.” - James McKnight ’72 


  • “My experience at PDT helped inform my approach to adult life in general. I walked out of that house with a lot of confidence. I felt a huge sense of optimism and opportunity that's directly related to the bonds I formed there.” - Jeff Benzenberg ’04