Our Mission

Delta Epsilon Iota is the bridge between outstanding students and Career Services.

Since our inception, Delta Epsilon Iota’s mission has been to educate members about career development, encourage academic excellence, and promote the principles of Dedication, Enthusiasm, and Initiative in all aspects of campus life. Over the years, the Society has embraced these values and is now one of the leading academic honor societies serving higher education.

Membership is comprised of outstanding scholars attending many of the finest educational institutions in the country. Organizational vision and cutting edge resources have made the Delta Epsilon Iota name synonymous with leadership and academic excellence.


Our History

historyDelta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society was founded in 1994 at the University of Georgia by Andrew J. Bond, Associate Director of Career Planning and Placement, and Richard M. Drye. At the time, Richard excelled academically as an undergraduate in accounting and, like many of his classmates, was being recruited by the “Big 6″ accounting firms right out of the classroom. The idea of the Society came together as a reaction to what Richard and Andrew saw as an explosion in this type of “creative” recruiting tactic by employers on campus. Despite the many great services being offered, the top students had limited interaction with the career center. It was time to team up and start an organization to solve this problem.

The concept was simple. Create a student organization that will attract the top students on campus and structure the organization’s activities and programs around career development. Once these students are introduced to the career center staff and the importance of intentional career planning, they could spread the message to other students at the University. In effect, the career center could help train student ambassadors while providing the members with education “beyond the classroom.”

DEI was chartered as a student-run organization and was an immediate success with 117 new members from the very first membership drive. The students ranged from sophomores to seniors, and had an average GPA of 3.57, and represented the vast majority of degree programs offered on campus. The Society continued to grow and within three years, Delta Epsilon Iota became the second largest student organization at the University of Georgia.

In 1999, the Career Center at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor expressed an interest in Delta Epsilon Iota and helped develop the “chapter” model, which is still in use today. This model was a huge success and as it was perfected, Delta Epsilon Iota quickly grew to become one of the leading academic honor societies at colleges and universities across the country.