Acacia Fraternity.

Leadership. Service. Brotherhood.

About us

Our goal is simple: build tomorrow's leaders today.

What is the purpose of a fraternity? With over 40 chapters across the country and a cutting edge membership program, Acacia is much more than just a place to live. It is a place to develop the skills to put you in a position to attain success in life after graduation. To do this, our organization brings together a diverse group of likeminded individuals and pairs them with our success proven undergraduate program to highlight academics, leadership, and service.

As a collective, we are a group of engineers, entrepreneurs, politicians, businessmen and, most importantly, brothers. We are each others active resource and support for any and all challenges that college provides us. On campus, we strive to be leaders in our respective fields, service, as well as student organizations. Many professors at Purdue are themselves members of our fine fraternity, and a healthy network of thousands of alumni are always eager to help.

Academics

Our chapter has a house GPA average of over 3.0, which places us in the top 5 of all Fraternities on campus. After all, this is the reason we are all attending university in the first place, and nothing is more fundamental to Acacia than this.

Leadership

A fraternity offers valuable leadership opportunities to its members, but Acacia takes this a step further. Those who take leadership opportunities in our fraternity have arguably unparalleled freedom and reach to create and execute a vision or plan within our house.

Service

With a motto of 'Human Service,' you would be right to assume that giving back to our communities is important. As a brotherhood, we regularly participate in a number of events both on campus and in the Lafayette community and average over 20 hours of service per member per semester.

Major Breakdown

Engineering
35%
Technology
20%
Agriculture
15%
Liberal Arts
15%
Health & Human Sciences
10%
Science
5%

Executive Committee

Ben Gormley

President of Acacia Fraternity at Purdue

Ben is our current President. He is studying Engineering at Purdue.

Ben Gormley

Marty Wagner

President of Local Board

Marty is the head of our board of alumni who oversee the Acacia chapter house at Purdue as well as its finances and operations. Marty specializes in realestate at FC Tucker.


Marty Wagner

Art Stein

President of Alumni Board

Art is a long time supporter and alumni of our chapter who oversees finances and operations of the chapter house. Art is currently a lawyer.

Art Stein

“There is no better way to learn about yourself and others than living with your Acacia brothers. The skills of teamwork, appreciating diversity, and leadership among peers are strongly instilled in the Acacia experience. What I learned provided a foundation for career and personal success.”

Brother Jay Geshay - Purdue '80. Senior VP Strategic Initiatives, United Way

Scholars

To foster these principles, we incubate and support those who exemplify what we stand for through mentoring and scholarships



Not only are the costs of college tution itself expensive, but so is living on a college campus. Acacia room and board comes in consistently below not only Purdue's dorm system, but also most other fraternities on campus. To make a good deal even better, Acacians are exposed to literally thousands of dollars worth of Acacia specific scholarship opportunies each year with an in house scholarship chair position whose sole responsibility is to research and provide campus scholarship opportunties to our members.



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2016 Incoming Male Freshman Scholarship Application.

“Acacia provided me with a foundation for a successful experience at Purdue University and after graduation, and great friends with whom I remain in close touch. While Acacians at Purdue University were high achievers, it was not all work and no play. I met my wife of thirty-eight years through a joint Acacia-Phi Mu event. My life would not have been this good without Acacia.”

Brother William Strong - Purdue '71. Co-CEO Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific

For Parents

College provides a foundational education in our field of choice. But the experience during college is what takes a degree to the next level.

Acacia was founded on a set of principles, most defining being those of academic success, leadership among men, and service to our communities. These aren't just loose words we pretend to adhere to, but rather a standard that we expect our members to exemplify. Our house is managed by an alumni board of former members who both manage our house and serve as mentors to our members.

Our chapter house is located in the heart of campus, and our house chef is always at the house preparing fresh meals for our members. Our house has no tolerance for hazing, substance, or alcohol abuse and our new member education is a challenging but open process that covers everything from resume building, to professional attire, to connecting with alumni mentors around the world.

Impact

A cornerstone of new member education is community involvement.

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Service '12

Each member averages 15 hours of service per semester.

As well as participating in and creating many service projects, members are required to be involved in at least one campus organization.

Scholarship

Alumni endowments create thousands of dollars of scholarship opportunities.

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$12,000

Amount awarded internally to Acacians last year.

Thousands of dollars are available to our members, including Acacia specific endowments for academically excelling brothers.

Academics

Proctored study tables, tutoring, as well as people in your major as resources.

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Incubator

Computers, whiteboards, and brothers create environment for academic success.

Study Tables are held daily in our library and are required for all members on a sliding scale relative to GPA.

Mentoring

Thousands of alumni from a variety of fields are involved and ready to help.

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Alumni

As a new member, your son will be paired with an active and alumni brother.

From politics, to nonprofits, entrepreneurs, to finance, thousands of our alumni are involved in mentoring the next generation of Acacians.

testimonials


“There is no better way to learn about yourself and others than living with your Acacia brothers. The skills of teamwork, appreciating diversity, and leadership among peers are strongly instilled in the Acacia experience. What I learned provided a foundation for career and personal success.”

Brother Jay Geshay - Senior VP Strategic Initiatives, United Way

“Acacia provided me with a foundation for a successful experience at Purdue University and after graduation, and great friends with whom I remain in close touch. While Acacians at Purdue University were high achievers, it was not all work and no play. I met my wife of thirty-eight years through a joint Acacia-Phi Mu event. My life would not have been this good without Acacia.”

Brother William Strong - Co-CEO Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific

“My experience at Acacia Fraternity was foundational in shaping who I am today. It goes without saying, I gained lifelong friendships within the Purdue chapter, but I was also able to see that Acacia is much bigger than one house, or one group of young men. Acacia brings an international network of connected men with shared values, a passion for excellence, an appetite for lifelong learning, and a commitment for service to others.I am proud to say I am an Acacia brother.”

Brother John Beering - Senior Vice President,
Eaton Corporation

Acacia is not just another fraternity; it is a home for those who value a common sense of belonging, culminating excellence, and unyielding integrity. It is a home where experiences are shared from a wide range of cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life, which are unified and accepted to make the very essence of those experiences into reality. My experiences as an Acacian at the Purdue chapter have not only defined who I am and have allowed me to carry those values thus far and wherever I may end up, but they have also taught me that home will always be where my brothers are -- and that level of appreciation is, to most of our lives, unprecedented.

Brother Clarence Young - Purdue '11. Graduate Student, Harvard University.

For Alumni

Our membership education programs, house rennovations, and scholarships are all thanks to generous donations from alumni like you. Stay in touch with the house and see the positive affect your support has on our Brotherhood.

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“Truly it's given me friends who I know ill know for the rest of my life. Besides teaching me to be a man of my community and to be a compassionate person, the one thing I know that Acacia has done for me is that it has given me brothers who I know I will have throughout the most pivotal points of my life.”

Brother Goutham Ramdas - Purdue '10. Senior Analyst, Universal Asset Management

Acacians in Action

Acacians make impact. Here are a few pictures of what we are about.



  • Project #1

    Meet the Greeks

    A view from our table at Meet the Greeks.

  • Project #2

    Klondike Service Day

    A stare off of sorts with Brother Woj.

  • Project #3

    Night on the Nile

    Entrance to the house over the Nile river.

  • Project #4

    Brothers

    Acacians spanning a few generations catch up at Conclave.

  • Project #5

    History

    Board at meet the Greeks detailing Acacia history.

  • Project #6

    Adopt A Sport

    The Acacia Adopt A Spot on US 231 leading in to Purdue.

  • Project #7

    Nile at Night

    A view of the house in Nile mode at night.

  • Project #8

    Brothers

    The current active brothers of Acacia Fraternity at Purdue.

  • Project #5

    Conclave

    Meeting of Acacians from over 40 chapters at our biennial conference.

  • Project #2

    Under Construction

    The brothers coming together to construct the Nile.

  • Project #3

    Future Career?

    Hopefully not. Just a bit of community service.

  • Project #6

    New Brothers

    Recruiting like minded students to join us.

Service

Human Service is a cornerstone of our Fraternity. Follow our Twitter account to find events in the West Lafayette/ Lafayette area that we are involved in. Any and all are welcome to join us.

“My experience at Acacia Fraternity was foundational in shaping who I am today. It goes without saying, I gained lifelong friendships within the Purdue chapter, but I was also able to see that Acacia is much bigger than one house, or one group of young men. Acacia brings an international network of connected men with shared values, a passion for excellence, an appetite for lifelong learning, and a commitment for service to others.I am proud to say I am an Acacia brother.”

Brother John Beering - Purdue '88. Senior Vice President, Eaton Corporation

contact

Have a question or want to learn more? Contact us below!

We'll get back to you as soon as we can. If you need to get in touch with us immediately, it's best to stop by the chapter house or reach out to either Marty Wagner or Art Stein from our Local Board.

Acacia Fraternity - Purdue Chapter

608 Waldron Street

West Lafayette, IN

47906