Phi Gamma Delta is a social fraternity with more than 142 active chapters and 13 colonies across the United States and Canada. It was founded at Jefferson College, Pennsylvania, in 1848. Since its founding in 1848, the fraternity has initiated more than 170,000 brothers.
The nickname FIJI is used commonly by the fraternity due to Phi Gamma Delta bylaws that limit the use of the Greek letters.
Phi Gamma Delta has chosen not to use the term alumni for members who have graduated; post collegiate members are referred to as Graduate Brothers, to imply that membership extends past the undergraduate experience. Similarly, one of the mottoes used by the organization is, "Not For College Days Alone".Phi Gamma Delta's mission statement lists five core values for its members:
In addition, members are encouraged to live by three priorities in a specific order: first, scholarship, second, fraternity, and third, self.
This ordering is because members attend university with the foremost goal of receiving an education, and that Phi Gamma Delta is a fraternity that promotes scholastic achievement amongst its members.