Beta Theta Pi has a long and prestigious heritage as a pioneering fraternity. The Fraternity, founded in 1839 at Miami University (Ohio), has more than 120,000 members including some 6,500 collegians on 120 campuses in the United States and Canada.

Founded:  August 8, 1839

Alpha Chapter:  Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Initiated Betas:  203,145

Living Betas: 130,070

Undergraduate Members: 10,271

Chapters:  133 in the U.S. and Canada

Average Chapter Size:  77.2

Average GPA:  3.199 (2016)

Expansions:  '15-16 LSU, Rochester, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Berkley

Advisors:  8 per chapter (1,085 total) - 96% core positions filled

2015 UG Leadership Graduates: 1,865

Fraternity Funded Leadership Training Graduates: 17,720 since 1998

Beta Theta Pi's Pioneering Spirit

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 15 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 have general officers (1872)

First fraternity to create alumni chapters (1867)

First fraternity to have a General Convention (1842)

First to host an interfraternity event and meeting (1848)

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)

First fraternity to adopt a 2.7 minimum GPA for a chapter (2006)

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