Alpha Pi Lambda
Founded March 3, 1935 (1935-03-03) (82 years ago)
Drexel University
Type Social
Scope Local
Colors Crimson and Grey
Chapters 1
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Homepage Undergrad Website

Alpha Pi Lambda (ΑΠΛ) is a local, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. It was founded at Drexel University in the United States on March 3, 1935. It was re-established in April 2006.[1] It is commonly called Apple Pi.[2]


In 1934 enrollment of male students at Drexel Institute increased. Only two fraternities existed on campus; Theta Chi established in 1927 and Tau Kappa Epsilon established 1919,.[1] A group of men was not satisfied with their choices and established Alpha Pi Lambda on March 3, 1935. The fraternity itself was "dedicated to eliminate all prejudices and develop character in its members."

During the first few years, the primary aim of the fraternity was to gain recognition on campus and insure its permanence. Over a four year period the fraternity outgrew two houses and in 1939 the brothers of Alpha Pi Lambda moved into their current house on the corner of 33rd and Powelton Avenue.[3]

In 1941 many brothers left to fight in the Second World War. Despite this the brotherhood reached its highest number in the fall and winter of 1942 and 1943. In the spring of 1943 most of the brothers again joined the Armed Forces. Their absence made it seem like the fraternity would shut down. So Alpha Pi Lambda created an emergency board to advise and fraternity and manage its affairs. The board helped the fraternity stay on campus during the war. Most of the brothers in 1946, 1947, and 1948 were veterans studying under the GI Bill. They brought home customs and traditions that strengthened the fraternity's culture. In 1947, the house was purchased by the alumni. The mortgage was financed through the efforts of the newly created alumni corporation. The mortgage was paid in full April 27, 1958.[3]

From 1947 to the early 1950s, Alpha Pi Lambda went through a period of expansion in both their house and number of brothers. For decades the fraternity participated in numerous philanthropic projects and charities. The most notable was the annual "Haunted House" which raised thousands of dollars for disabled children each year. The brotherhood was active in inter-fraternity athletics and Greek-life at Drexel. They were responsible for their own financial management, facility maintenance, cooking, event planning, and recruitment. Thus they placed a strong emphasis on building positive character traits, management skills, and leadership abilities. The fraternity was closed in 2002. The fraternity was reinstated in April 2006[1] and regained use of their house in fall 2008 (after extensive structural renovations). In 2009 the fraternity petitioned Drexel University to remain a local fraternity and won its appeal. In March 2010, Alpha Pi Lambda will be celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Apple Pi HouseEdit


Built for brewer Frederick A. Poth in 1887, the Alpha Pi Lambda house sits on the corner of 33rd and Powelton. A. W. Dilks, the architect, "...combined Queen Anne motifs with the bombastic rhetoric of the German Revival architects."[4] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places[5] on May 9, 1985.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Fraternity/Sorority Summary Information". Drexel University Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. April 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  2. Eisenberger, Craig (February 18, 2004). Apple Pi loses recognition, house. The Triangle. Retrieved 2007-10-12 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Alpha Pi Lambda History". Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Powelton Historic District of University City". University City Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  5. "Alpha Pi Lambda Fraternity House Info". Drexel University - Planning, Design & Construction. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 

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