National History

Founded in 1839 by “eight earnest young men,” Beta Theta Pi is one of the oldest fraternities in North America.

Since it’s founding 175 years ago at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Beta’s storied heritage has blazed the trail for a promising destiny. Our tradition is embodied today in over 150,000 active brothers across the country at over 120 universities. Our eight founders could never have foreseen the growth of our great and good fraternity, but they managed to create a ritual that has stood the test of time, binding all brothers to “be urbane in his manners, mild in his expressions, steadfast in his friendship.”

The spirit fostered by our founders has pushed Beta to become a beacon of leadership in the fraternity movement in North America. That leadership has yielded a number of milestones and coveted “Beta Firsts,” including:

Beta Theta Pi would not have been the leader it was to the outside world if not for the leadership from within.

Betas aren’t always the first, we aren’t always the best, but we believe that our brotherhood founded on the principles of friendship, scholarship, and leadership, provides a foundation for success in any endeavor after collegiate life.

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