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Our Mission: To develop men of principle for a principled life.

Our Vision: Every member will live Beta Theta Pi's values.​​

Our Values:

  • Mutual Assistance - Betas believe that men are mutually obligated to help others in the honorable labors and aspirations of life.

  • Intellectual Growth - Betas are devoted to continually cultivating their minds, including high standards of academic achievement.

  • Trust - Betas develop absolute faith and confidence in one another by being true to themselves and others.

  • Responsible Conduct - Betas choose to act responsibly, weighing the consequences of their actions on themselves and those around them

  • Integrity - Betas preserve their character by doing what is morally right and demanding the same from their brothers.


  • Collegiate Members: 5,853

  • New Members: 431

  • Alumni Members: 125,073

  • Chapters: 123 in the U.S. and Canada

  • Average GPA: 3.12 // TCU Chapter GPA: 3.708

  • Beta provides premier leadership experiences for more than 1,600 undergraduates annually

Beta was founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and is part of the Miami Triad which includes Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi. The story of the founding, or Founder's Paragraph, is as follows:

At nine o'clock on the evening of the eighth day of the eighth month of the year 1839, eight earnest young men, all students at Miami University, held the first meeting of Beta Theta Pi in the Hall of the Union Literary Society, an upper room in the old college building (known as "Old Main"). The eight founders in the order in which their names appear in the minutes 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​

"of ever honored memory"



The Men of Principle initiative was established in February 1997 to further realign Beta Theta Pi with its time-proven principles and obligations. The mission and vision of the initiative are described below.

The Mission of Men of Principle

Beta Theta Pi is dedicated to building men of principle for a principled life. Our brotherhood aids the individual, builds the Fraternity and strengthens the host academic institution through lifelong devotion to intellectual excellence, high standards of moral conduct and responsible citizenship.

   Lifelong Friendship: Bonded by mutual obligations, oath and ritual, Betas form lifelong bonds of trust and friendship, the foundation of the Fraternity's mission.

   Cultivation of the Intellect: Beta membership encourages individual and chapter support of the academic mission and provides opportunities for co-curricular learning and personal growth.

   Responsible Leadership: Betas participate in a system of self-governance, bound by trust and responsibility, which nurtures the development of social and leadership skills.

   Responsible Social Conduct: Beta Theta Pi is committed to standards of social conduct which are guided by principles of urbane, civil, courteous and responsible deportment.

   Commitment to Community: The experience of being a Beta encourages men to serve their university, fraternal and local communities.

The Vision of Men of Principle​

Beta Theta Pi will be the exemplary standard for collegiate fraternal societies. Through implementation of Men of Principle, Beta Theta Pi will have successfully implemented policies and programs to achieve these objectives:

  • Betas will be universally known as friends, gentlemen and scholars.

  • Beta Theta Pi will be acclaimed and respected by the academic community.

  • Beta Theta Pi will be endorsed by aprents who will advocate membership for young men.

  • Betas will be in high demand by leaders of business, government and the professions.

  • Beta Theta Pi will engender bonds of friendship and brotherhood which create a lifelong commitment to serve and support the Fraternity.



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