St. Anthony Hall was founded as the Fraternity of Delta Psi at Columbia University in New York City on January 17, 1847, the feast day of Saint Anthony. It began as a fraternity dedicated to the love of education and the well-being of its members. Chapters were soon founded throughout the Northeast and extended into the South during the mid-1800 Contact was lost with the Southern chapters during the Civil War, but brothers on both sides of the War wore their badges into battle, serving with distinction. After the War, contact was reestablished with several of the Southern chapters. More recently, St. Anthony Hall became one of the first fraternal organizations to accept women, beginning at Yale in the late 1960s. While our Greek title is Delta Psi, we are also colloquially known as St. Anthony Hall both locally and nationally. We currently have undergraduate chapters at premier universities across the East Coast, stretching from Massachusetts to Mississippi. We remain to this day a group of college students interested in the bonds of fraternity and sharing a common passion for the love of learning, literature and the arts.
The Xi Chapter of St. Anthony Hall was founded at UNC Chapel Hill on November 20, 1854, making it the second oldest active Greek organization on campus. The Chapter went inactive after the Civil War, but was re-founded in 1926 and has been active ever since. Leading diversity in the University fraternity experience, in 1967 we were the first Greek organization at UNC to admit an African-American student, and we became a co-educational organization in 1971, including women in our membership. Today, we affirm all gender expressions and identities in our recruitment and membership. Prominent Xi chapter alumni include Charles Kuralt, Jonathan Yardley, Peter Gammons, Jeff MacNelly, Anson Dorrance, and Charles Thomas Scott. We have occupied our current location at 207 Pittsboro Street since 1960, serving as home to generations of members for the last half-century.
Life at “The Hall” Today