After World War I, women at Syracuse were looking for enhanced college life. A group of 15 formed local sorority Theta Delta Phi seeking "true and noble womanhood." They bought a house and formed a corporation to run it. This group was installed as Alpha Tau chapter in 1924 with 29 charter members. During the Depression, many girls had to leave college, leaving Alpha Tau no choice but to go off campus in 1935. In 1945, Syracuse contacted Grand Council requesting the return of Alpha Delta Pi and the chapter was installed with 25 members in 1946. They were active on campus and in the community, and they established long-lasting chapter traditions over the next 25 years. Alpha Tau closed in 1971 due to declining interest in Greek life. Ruth Miller Heit served as an international officer for 20 years while Ruth Murdock Mueller served for 15 years.