Acacia National History
Though not the oldest, largest or most famous college
Acacia’s origin is distinctive and its record
is distinguished. Acacia’s heritage and development has
been unique in the more than 100 years of its successful
Acacia Fraternity was founded on May 12, 1904 at the
University of Michigan by fourteen Master Masons. The group
was an outgrowth of the University of Michigan Masonic Club.
Acacia's founders established a fraternity on a new basis.
Membership was restricted to those who had already taken
the Masonic obligations, and the organization was to be
built on the ideals and principles inculcated by the vows
already taken by Master Masons. The members were to be motivated
by a desire for high scholarship and of such character that
the fraternity house would be free of the social vices and
unbecoming activities that for years had been a blot on
the fraternity life of the nation. Within one year, four
other Masonic clubs received Acacia charters paving the
way for rapid expansion in the following years. They set the precedent for members to be motivated
by desire for high scholarship, outstanding character and
contributions to others.
Since Acacia's founding in 1904, changes in the student
enrollment of American colleges and universities have resulted
in changes in membership requirements from time to time.
Today, members are no longer required to belong to the Masonic
Fraternity. However, since Acacia was founded by members
of the Masonic Fraternity, it still enjoys an informal spiritual
tie to Masonry. Many Acacians eventually join the Masonic
Fraternity, and Masonic lodges and individual masons have
been an invaluable service to Acacia chapters over the years;
this relationship, however is voluntary.
Acacia has chartered at approximately 100 campuses with
active chapters and colonies on more than 40 campuses.
Since 1904, over 45,000 men have been a part of Acacia.
There are currently more than 2,000 members and 30,000 living
graduate or alumni members.