WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH CHAPTER OF TRIANGLE FRATERNITY
"IN ORDER To have a better world, we must first have a world of better men." - Herb Scobie.
Triangle brothers are engineers, architects, and scientists who hold themselves to high moral standards and strive to build a better world for tomorrow. Our purpose is to develop balanced men who cultivate high moral character, foster lifelong friendships and lead lives of integrity. We offer countless leadership opportunities, avenues for community service, scholarships and much more.
The Pittsburgh Chapter of Triangle was initially founded in April of 1970. Since then it has had an extensive record of involvement with the Swanson School of Engineering. We here at the Pittsburgh chapter of Triangle represent a multitude of STEM majors both in Engineering and the Sciences. Triangle is the only NIC fraternity to limit its membership to only STEM majors.
Triangle Fraternity was founded in 1906 by sixteen engineers at the University of Illinois. From the start, it was meant to be a place where men of similar majors could socialize, support each other’s academic pursuits and better prepare themselves for successful careers. Since that time, our membership has grown and expanded to include mathematics and the physical sciences as well as architecture, making us STEM long before the term was coined in 2001. Today, we continue to provide a unique social, academic and professional experience for STEM majors.
WHAT IS A FRATERNITY AND WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
A fraternity is a group of like minded individuals that strive to make themselves and the world around them better. There are many benefits for joining a fraternity, such as life long friendship, and professional help in the future.
WHAT ARE TRIANGLE'S GREEK LETTERS?
Triangle is one of three fraternities recognized by the IFC (InterFraternity Council) that do not have Greek letters. Instead we are called Triangle and use the Delta T as our letters.
IS TRIANGLE A PROFESSIONAL FRATERNITY?
Triangle is a social fraternity recognized by the IFC. We do however have a professional component.
WILL TRIANGLE INTERFERE WITH MY ACADEMICS?
While Triangle takes pride in its non-academic related accomplishments, we strongly encourage each brother to acheive academic excellence along with time management. The goal of a social fraternity is to encourage members to grow socially but we go beyond that. Some brothers feel more at ease with high social involvement and naturally succeed academically in this environment. Some feel more pressure to succeed academically from within the organization. Some brothers do feel a little overwhelmed at first by adding an extra commitment to their life, but they have the support needed to succeed. All of that said, academics always come first, and we strongly encourage academic excellence and time management. In fact, our academic-related chairs work hard to put measures in place to keep each brother motivated to achieve higher academic standards.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
To become a member of Triangle you must first come to our recruitment events in the beginning of either the Fall or Spring semester. You can view the events on the Recruitment portion of the website. At recruitment you will be introduced to the brothers of our fraternity and learn more about joining. We hope to see you there!
DO YOU HAZE NEW MEMBERS?
Absolutely not – we have zero tolerance for such behavior. Each one of our brothers signs an anti-hazing statement in our student code of conduct.
IS THERE A LIVING REQUIREMENT FOR THE CHAPTER HOME?
Our Triangle chapter does not have a chapter home, meaning there is no living requirement. This gives every member the freedom to live wherever they like, with whomever they choose, and with or without a fellow brother.
WHAT KIND OF PHILANTHROPY EVENTS DOES TRIANGLE HOLD?
Over the past few years, the Pittsburgh chapter of Triangle Fraternity has participated in and hosted a number of philanthropy events throughout the Pittsburgh region. We believe that this is an essential part of fulfilling the duty of being a man of Triangle Fraternity. These philanthropy events have ranged from Keep It Clean Oakland (KICO) where our brothers have adopted a street in South Oakland and clean up trash on the weekend to participating in Pitt Make a Difference Day (PMADD) by spending a day volunteering at a local fire hall. In recent years, we have also begun hosting two annual events, one during the fall and spring semesters. Each fall, the brothers organize Tour of Duty, an amazing race style event on Pitt's campus that benefits the Semper Fi Fund. This past spring, we introduced the inaugural Triangle Toast event that benefits the National Ataxia Foundation. In this event, we sold home cooked French Toast and toppings that allowed for 720 different combinations. We were very excited to announce that we raised over $400 for this foundation, a disease that had close ties to our fraternity following the diagnosis of a local Triangle alumnus. Given the great success of these events in recent years, we are very excited to continue the growth in attendance while giving back to the community in which we live.