Beta Theta Pi – Gamma Kappa Chapter

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Beta Firsts

  • First college fraternity founded west of the Allegheny Mountains (August 8, 1839)
  • First and oldest continuously published college fraternity magazine (1872)
  • First college fraternity to publish an open constitution for public distribution (1879)
  • First fraternity in 13 states – more than any other fraternity.
  • First fraternity established on more than 35 campuses – more than any other fraternity
  • First fraternity to establish a chapter west of the Mississippi River (1866)
  • First fraternity to adopt an expansion view
  • First to break into districts for administrative purposes (1873)
  • First fraternity to have general officers (1872)
  • First fraternity to create alumni chapters (1867)
  • First fraternity to have a General Convention and one of few to have annual Conventions
  • First to host an interfraternity event and meeting
  • First to require chapters to keep informed about each other
  • First fraternity to adopt a 2.5 minimum GPA for a chapter (1984)
  • First fraternity to adopt a 2.5 minimum GPA for each member (1997)

Other Facts

  • Founded: August 8, 1839
  • Initiated Betas: 183,769
  • Living Betas: 125,946
  • Undergraduate membership with pledges: 5,911
  • Chapters/Colonies: 122 in the U.S. and Canada
  • Last year there were more than 900 collegiate Betas involved in the Beta Foundation’s experiential learning programs
  • Beta ranks No.2 in annual investment in undergraduate leadership and educational programming (of the 68 international fraternities)
  • Some 550 parents financially supported Beta Theta Pi’s leadership opportunities
  • The Men of Principle initiative has been internationally recognized for exemplary fraternity educational programming
  • A leader among college fraternities with members listed in Who’s Who in America and Canadian Who’s Who – more than any other fraternity
  • More than 80 Rhodes Scholars – more than any other fraternity
  • More than 197 have been members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives – more than any other fraternity
  • Twenty-three states have had a Beta as Governor
  • Six Betas have won the Medal of Honor
  • 100 alumni associations in cities throughout the United States and Canada
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