FEBRUARY 8, 1889. Five freshmen decided to form a dental fraternity to place their "friendship on a more firm and lasting basis” and to develop further “intellectual and social intercourse” among students. It was here that Xi Psi Phi Fraternity was founded at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This bench here, located at The Diag, symbolizes that historic day and this dental fraternity.
Xi Psi Phi, more commonly known as ZIPS, is not merely a professional fraternity, but a unique professional fraternity. Since that time in 1889, there are over 20,000 members represented on 18 campuses in the United States and Canada.
Xi Psi Phi seeks to involve students, alumni, and teachers in extracurricular education giving insight into private practice, continuing education, dental specialties, research, teaching, public heath, and related healing arts, and unrelated but associated professions. Any current pre or postdoctoral student can join.