Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ also “Beta”) is a North American social fraternity that was founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The fraternity currently consists of 131 active chapters and 25 colonies in the United States and Canada. Around 198,000 members have been initiated worldwide and there are currently around 9,000 undergraduate members. Beta Theta Pi is the oldest of the three fraternities that formed the Miami Triad along with Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi.
Students at Miami University at the time of Beta’s founding had previously formed two rival literary societies: The Erodelphian and Union Literary Society. A student of the school, John Reily Knox began to gather members of both the Erodelphian and Union Literary Societies with the goal of creating a new fraternity. In a letter that he wrote four years after the founding of the Alpha chapter, Knox said that other fraternities being formed possessed “many objectionable features which rendered them liable to be used as engines of evil as well as instruments of good.” Beta Theta Pi was founded on August the 8th of 1839 by eight students at Miami University. The group held its first meeting in an upper room of the campus building known as Old Main.
The eight founders were:
- John Reily Knox — 1839
- Samuel Taylor Marshall — 1840
- David Linton — 1839
- James George Smith — 1840
- Charles Henry Hardin — 1841
- John Holt Duncan — 1840
- Michael Clarkson Ryan — 1839
- Thomas Boston Gordon — 1840
The five core values espoused by Beta Theta Pi are cultivation of the intellect, responsible conduct, mutual assistance, integrity, and trust. These are the underpinnings for their mission statement to “develop men of principle for a principled life.” In 1879 Beta Theta Pi became the first college fraternity to publish its constitution. The fraternity continues to guard certain secrets about membership, however. Similar to other fraternities, Beta Theta Pi’s code emphasizes fellowship, cultural development, and cooperation across borders.
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Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ)
- Founded On: August 8, 1839; Miami University, (Oxford, Ohio), United States
- Type: Social Fraternity
- Colors: Pink and Blue
- Flower: Roses of the “June” or “Queen of the Prairie” Variety
- Nicknames: Betas-Beta-Theta-Pi
- Chapters: 8,000 Collegiate 198,000 Lifetime
- Website: www.betathetapi.org
- Motto: Cooperation facit fortitudo — “Cooperation Makes Strength”