Deltas have been going strong for almost 100 years.

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority began in 1913 on the campus of the historically black college Howard University in Washington, D.C. The sorority has grown into an international organization that runs programs fostering economic and educational development, global and political awareness and health care in communities throughout the world. Notable Delta women include the late Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman and first woman and African-American to run a U.S. presidential campaign. Although the sorority recruits undergraduate women on college campuses, you may be able to join after you graduate from college.

Check with your college to see if it has an active Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapter. If so, and you have earned your bachelor's degree, you are eligible to apply for Alumnae Chapter membership. Order a copy of your college transcript, which must show a minimal grade point average no lower than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Contact your local chapter and express your interest in joining as an alumnae member. Inquire about attending its next "Rush Activity," an orientation during which the sorority provides information to prospective members. Sign up to attend a mandatory rush meeting.

Attend public events that your local chapter sponsors so that you can meet sorority members and become better acquainted with the organization before members cast their votes on your membership request.