Beta Theta Pi Fraternity: History, Alumni & Must-See Details

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Looking for information on Beta Theta Pi? You’ve come to the right place, my friend. We’ve got all of the details on the fraternity’s history, chapters, alumni, and of course, their affinity for throwing absolute bangers. So without further ado, let’s break down everything you need to know about Beta Theta Pi.


Beta Theta Pi Details

Letters: ΒΘΠ
Founded: August 8, 1839
Chapters: 136
Members: 205,154
Notable Alumni: Schuyler Colfax (Former Vice President of the United States), Jay Chandrasekhar (Actor and Director), Neil Everett (ESPN SportsCenter Anchor), Don Coryell (Former NFL Head Coach), Mike Schmidt (MLB Hall of Famer), Bill Veeck (Former MLB Owner and Hall of Famer), and Bill Bowerman (Co-founder of Nike).
Website: beta.org


Beta Theta Pi History

Beta Theta Pi was founded by John Reily Knox, Samuel Taylor Marshall, David Linton, James George Smith, Charles Henry Hardin, John Holt Duncan, Michael Clarkson Ryan, and Thomas Boston Gordon on August 8, 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Beta had no trouble expanding, as it became the first fraternity to establish a chapter west of the Mississippi River in 1866.

In 1872, they became the first fraternity to publish a magazine, which is still the oldest continuously running publication of its kind. When it comes to current achievements, Beta had their 85th Rhodes Scholar in 2016, making them the first fraternity to reach that number.


Beta Theta Pi Party Videos

Beta Theta Pi’s mission statement is to “develop men of principle for a principled life.” Their secondary mission statement must be to develop kick-ass parties. Check out these wild videos from their UCLA and Texas Tech chapters.

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