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Alpha Delta Phi Society
Alpha Delta Phi was founded at Hamilton College in 1832 by Samuel Eells to encourage free thought and to supplement a rigid classroom education. Founded as a literary society, it evolved into one of the most distinguished of the original American college fraternities. In 1992 the Alpha Delta Phi formally split into the Alpha Delta Phi Society, which could accept women, and the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. At Rensselaer the Alpha Delta Phi Society is co-ed and places a strong focus on the arts and literature.