Francis Marion College opened in the fall of 1970 and was named for South Carolina's Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion. The college has one of the highest standards of educational excellence in the state. Zeta Phi chapter began when three groups of women - Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Alpha little sisters and independents - joined in 1979 forming Pi Delta Alpha, with the plan of bringing a new sorority to campus and the hope that it would be Alpha Delta Pi. Their dream was realized when Zeta Phi was installed in 1980. The chapter has been outstanding on campus since the beginning, winning Greek Week in 1979 as a local over other international groups. They continue to excel, often obtaining the highest GPA on campus, and supporting the Ronald McDonald House.