The History of K-State Acacia

K-State Acacia, founded in 1913, remains a stable and innovative community of premier leadership development, strong academics and outstanding human service. With more than 1,200 K-State members, Acacia influences the lives of men by cultivating lasting friendships and experiences through personal growth.


Acacia has deep roots at Kansas State University. As an example of exemplary leadership and service to the campus, Acacia members Seaton, Willard, Waters, Ford and Bushnell have been honored on campus with buildings in recognition of their achievement. In addition, Acacian's have branched much farther than Kansas State. Acacians serve Kansans in political offices including senators and governors, lead international businesses, and coach Division I football teams.


In 1999, more than 75 Senior Men (alumni) from around the country revived their commitment to the K-State Chapter with a re-founding process centered on life-long friendships, personal growth and human service by Together, Building Exceptional Lives. In the spring of 2001, four K-State students guided Acacia to what it is today  a vision of high standards in serving others, learning about leadership and forming lasting friendships.

A Century of Brotherhood

As a new century dawned, 14 men founded Acacia International Fraternity on May 12, 1904 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Acacia's founders established a fraternity on a new basis, where members were motivated by high scholarship and upright character free of social vices. Within a year, four other colleges received Acacia charters paving the way for rapid expansion.


The evolution and development of Acacia results in a community considerably linked to the initial vision of the founders. The goals of providing a place for college men to live, think, develop and grow together still stands strong. Our second century requires advances and change, but Acacia will always stand for learning, brotherhood and service.


Since 1904, over 100 campuses have had active chapters and colonies, and nearly 50,000 men have been a part of Acacia. Currently, there are 2,000 members and 30,000 living alumni.


See Our First 100 Years!