Triangle Fraternity is the only social, professional, and STEM fraternity of its kind, with men pursuing degrees in engineering, architecture and the sciences calling it home. Triangle strives to develop balanced men who cultivate high moral character, foster lifelong friendships, and live their lives with integrity.
On April 15 in 1907, the band of 16 students constituting the Founders obtained incorporation papers for our Fraternity from the State of Illinois. Before the incorporation papers could be applied for, however, there had to be some kind of organization. The Founders, all junior civil engineering students at the University of Illinois, for the most part, had known each other since they were freshmen. In the fall of 1906, four students-Stan Cutler, Milton McCoy, Meryl Morgan, and Emil Weber-started discussions about establishing a Civil Engineering club. As the group developed and added members over the next few months, they decided to become a fraternity with plans to rent a house and live together during their senior year, 1907-1908.
A large number of names had been suggested, but Transiters, Eads, Level, and Triangle seemed to meet with the most favor. Finally, it narrowed down to a choice between Eads and Triangle, and the latter won out. It was decided to call the Illinois Chapter “Eads” because even at that time, there was a vision of a fraternity which was to extend beyond the horizon of Illinois and take in all of the large engineering schools in the country.
Over the course of more than a century, Triangle Fraternity has evolved from an idea devised by sixteen men, to a brotherhood of 30,000 members. Today, Triangle has 38 active chapters, colonies and interest groups across 25 states.