Delta Gamma was founded by Anna Boyd Ellington, Eva Webb Dodd, and Mary Comfort Leonard in 1873 at the Lewis School for Girls in Oxford, Mississippi. The Greek letters Delta and Gamma came from their desire to "Do Good" in their community and for others. Delta Gamma offers to women of all ages a rich heritage based on principles of personal integrity, personal responsibility and intellectual honesty. Its primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, and develop the finest qualities of character. Today, Delta Gamma has more than 250,000 members with 153 collegiate chapters and over 200 alum groups within the United States and Canada.
Delta Gamma became a part of Pepperdine University in 1996. In April, 1996 the local women’s group known as the “Anchor Club” petitioned Delta Gamma Fraternity. Twenty-nine young women became new members when their petition was accepted and nationals responded in August with a letter of enthusiasm to explain further the dedication needed to gain a charter of Delta Gamma. On October 10, 1996 an Inspiration ceremony was performed by the Eta Alpha expansion team and on October 13, 1996 twenty eight women of the Eta Alpha chapter were initiated. Today, Delta Gamma is one of the 13 Greek chapters at Pepperdine University and the Eta Alpha chapter of Delta Gamma consists of more than 80 members!