Beta Theta Pi

Indiana University


The History of Our Chapter

The Pi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1845, only 25 years after Indiana University was established.

The History of Our Organization

Beta Theta Pi was founded on August 8, 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. They were founded by eight individuals who, together, formed the fraternity in the Hall of the Union Literary Society at Miami University. Beta became the firs fraternity to be established West of the Allegheny Mountains. The fraternity was founded on these principles that still hold true today: Mutual assistance in the honorable labors and aspirations of life, devotion to the cultivation of the intellect, unsullied friendship, and unfaltering fidelity.

Our Symbols

Beta has three symbols that represent their fraternity: the dragon, star, and diamond. Other symbols such as the fraternal colors of Beta Theta Pi are delicate shades of pink and blue. The flowers of the fraternity are the Roses of the “June” or “Queen of the Prairie” variety.


Scholarships include the Seth R. and Corrine H. Brooks Scholarship, and Beta Theta Pi Merit Scholarships. These scholarships are for those who are enrolled full-time and meet specific requirements unique to each scholarship. For the Men of Principle Scholarship, one must exemplify the values of the fraternity including mutual assistance, intellectual growth, trust, integrity, and responsible conduct. For the Seth R. and Corrine H. Brooks Scholarship, one must be the son or daughter of a Beta alumnus. Lastly, for the Beta Theta Pi Merit Scholarship, one must simply apply. Any brother can apply for the merit scholarship, and on average, about seventy individuals are selected as recipients of the scholarship.