The History of Our Chapter
Since being founded on May 15th, 1869, its achievements have been substantial in more ways than one; high GPA’s, numerous Little 500 trophies, successful and involved Alumni, strong campus leadership and involvement through philanthropy and student government, undeniable campus presence and influence. The chapter house has moved twice, once from historic Kirkwood in downtown Bloomington to Third street closer to campus and now onto its final and iconic spot on the top of the hill next to the Metz Carillon bell tower overlooking campus. Even as the prospects of a new chapter house loom, this location that so many brothers have called home will not change giving generations of Phi Psi’s to come the chance to experience a life unlike any other. The legendary Bloomington-spirited movie "Breaking Away" was written by two brothers of Phi Kappa Psi.
The History of Our Organization
In 1950, a typhoid fever epidemic infected Jefferson College. Many students left school, but two brave young men, William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore stayed at the school. Together they cared for those who were ill and through their good deed a bond was formed resulting in a fraternity based on “the great joy of serving others.” Phi Kappa Psi was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
The fraternity colors of Phi Kappa Psi are cardinal red and hunter green. Their motto is “United by Friendship, sustained by honor, and led by truth, we live and we flourish.” The fraternal flower of Phi Psi is the Jacqueminot Rose, which compliments their fraternity colors.
Because success is such a priority at Phi Kappa Psi, scholastic achievement is celebrated through scholarship. In addition to the national scholarships offered through the national foundation for Phi Psi, the Beta chapter offers several scholarships to award academic success. In addition to academic scholarships, Phi Psi also offers scholarships based on community involvement.