What is Deke rush?

It's the best time of your life. You will meet a friendly bunch of guys of high standards and ideals who like to have fun. At the beginning of each semester, we hold events like dinners, parties, sports and other activities to give you a chance to get to know our brothers and what we're about. It's easy - Dekes are outgoing and can show you how to make the most of your time at Virginia Tech.


Why rush DKE?

DKE sweethearts

DKE sweethearts

"Friends from the heart, forever." That is the motto of Delta Kappa Epsilon, founded at Yale in 1844. True to the motto, we Dekes have strong bonds of brotherhood, despite our diverse backgrounds. Equal parts of the gentleman, scholar, and jolly good fellow are the makings of a Deke.

Throughout rush, you will encounter a wide variety of fraternities, each with their own special promise as to why they are for you. We at DKE don't feel as though we have to make promises as to what we will be; rather, we feel that you should see us as we are.

DKE is much more than a social club to it's members. It is a chance to make close friends with whom you will remain close throughout your life. But most importantly it is a chance to realize perhaps the four greatest years of your life.

After you have heard the rumors and stories, come see what makes us what we are.


What does it mean to be a Deke?

What do Dekes do? Everything. We field teams for most of the intramural sports, including football, basketball, soccer, and softball, and often pair up with sororities for co-ed teams as well. We are proud to participate in community service events, such as the Roanoke Street Cleanup. We have had leaders in a host of campus organizations and athletes on several of Tech’s athletic teams.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of contacts can I build with Dke?

Dan Johnson with  Dave Calhoun

Dan Johnson with Dave Calhoun

The open motto of DKE is "Friends from the heart forever." DKE brothers are friends for life. At DKE, you'll develop friendships that will endure past your college years. Dekes from chapters across the nation and world have shared a strong bond of brotherhood and tradition for over 150 years.

In addition to making friends that last a lifetime, you will have access to an unbelievable number of contacts that can produce numerous career and personal opportunities. Over 700 living VT DKE alumni are very involved and interested in the success of the chapter and its brothers.

VT Dekes keep up with brothers from other colleges as well. In recent years, we've paid visits to schools like Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, U. of Richmond, Rowan U., and Miami of Ohio to build friendships and share good times. We also send brothers to the biennial fraternity convention to build relations, meet others, gain leadership skills and further improve our chapter.


Do you guys party all the time?

Because Delta Kappa Epsilon is a fraternity many people have taken that to mean simply "partying." Part of becoming a socially mature adult involves interaction with those around you, and DKE holds many social events throughout the course of the school year to aid in that development.

DKE has created a fraternity that defines "social" not simply as parties and celebration, but rather one in which celebrations and parties are the rewards for our successes. Aside from our normal events, we organize an exciting social schedule each semester that has taken Dekes and their dates from wild costume parties and formal dances to roaring bonfires and spirited tailgates.

Brothers AJ Zaliz, Luke Allison, Ben Brisley, Kyle Blevins, Mark Lenzi, Will Adams, Charlie Cubberly, Evan Miller, and Corey Caufield

Brothers AJ Zaliz, Luke Allison, Ben Brisley, Kyle Blevins, Mark Lenzi, Will Adams, Charlie Cubberly, Evan Miller, and Corey Caufield

How will pledging affect my grades?

For the better. We hold mandatory study halls for new members to ensure grades don't slip. We also assign each new member a big brother to help him adjust to college living, a full academic workload and fraternity life.

Where does the money from my dues go?

Members of our chapter pay very reasonable dues, which are necessary for maintenance and upkeep of our house (repairs, taxes, utilities, etc.), liability insurance and membership materials for each brother, and lastly for organizing events that we believe are the best on campus.

So how do I go about rushing DKE?

It's simple. If you have any questions about our fraternity, or just want to know what we're doing this weekend, feel free to contact our Rush Chairman. His job is to help you, and his contact information is at the top of this page.

You're also welcome to stop by our house at 302 E. Roanoke St. in downtown Blacksburg. Click here for directions from campus.