Theta Chi

Theta Chi Crest

Beta Rho Chapter


Mission Statement

I believe in Theta Chi, its traditions and its ideals. Born of sturdy manhood, nurtured by resolute men, ennobled by high and sacred purpose, it has taken its place among the educational institutions of America as a promoter of knowledge, an advancer of culture and a builder of character.

It inspires true friendship: teaches Truth, Temperance and Tolerance, extols virtue, exacts harmony, and extends a helping hand to all who seek it.

I believe in the primacy of Alma Mater; in the usefulness of my Fraternity, in its influence and its accomplishments and I shall do all in my power to perpetuate its ideals, thereby serving my God, my country and my fellow-man.


Fast Facts

Number of Active Chapters : 150

National Founding Date : April 10, 1856

National Founding Location: Norwich University, Norwich, VT

IWU Founding Date: April 14, 1942

Organization Colors: Military Red and White

Organization Flower: Red Carnation

Symbol: Rattlesnake

Local Chapter Website:

International Headquarters Website :  



Grade Point Average Requirements:

To Join (First-Years): 2.500
To Join (Continuing): 2.500
Good Standing (Active Members): 2.500
To Live In House: 2.000

Does your chapter require/offer study hall hours? yes, 2 study sessions per week

Please describe any assistance or programming that your chapter provides to support the academic achievement for your members.

If a member falls below the required GPA, how does your chapter help them? 

Member must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.50, members under a 2.50 are on social probation, and required study tables until showing improvement.

Cost for First Year of Membership*  $800
Cost (per year) for Additional Years*  $800
Room (per year)** $5,926
Board (per year)** $3,520

*Based on 2014-15 fees supplied by the chapter
**Room and Board Fees are the same as living on campus due to facility ownership by IWU

Additional Costs and Fees

In the event that our chapter house occupancy is below 100%, members are charged an under-capacity fee by the University. The under-capacity fee is determined by dividing the charges for unfilled capacity spots ($500/space/semester) among the members who were eligible to have lived in the chapter house, regardless of residency. The 2017-18 under-capacity fee for Theta Chi is estimated at $31.11 per semester. Please note, this amount is subject to change based on changes in membership as it is billed on a semester basis.

Any unclaimed common area damages in the chapter facility are divided equally among all chapter residents and exterior key holders. The Fall 2017 total common area damages was $477.52. The Fall 2017 total unclaimed common area damage fees was $16.46 per resident.


Theta Chi House

Chapter Capacity: 31

Residency Type: Single and Double Rooms, Single Suite

Policies: As part of the IWU residential requirement, our members live in during their sophomore year. Our chapter requires members to live in the house through their Junior year. If housing situation allows for members to live off campus during their Junior year, those will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Meal Plans: Residents are required to board with Sodexo, IWU's Dinning Services. Meal plan options may be found on their website.


National Philanthropy: Although Theta Chi has not adopted an official national philanthropy, the Grand Chapter has designated the following charities as "preferred philanthropies," to which chapters and alumni are encouraged to contribute.

The preferred philanthropies of Theta Chi Fraternity are:

The Kyle Charvat Foundation
The National Bone Marrow Registry
The Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc.
The Lee Iaccoca Foundation
The Starlight Children's Foundation

National Service Project: None

Local Philanthropy Events and Service Projects: Pancreatinc Action Network

Required Service Hours and Donations:


Length: 8 weeks

Hours Per Week: 1 hour per week


Theta Chi is based on the belief that true fraternalism is nurtured in an atmosphere of social and moral responsibility, respect for duly constituted authority, and loyalty to the principles and values of higher education.

Theta Chi is also based on the understanding that while social behavior cannot be legislated, a fraternity without morally sound precepts and practices is not a constructive influence upon college men.

Theta Chi is further based on the belief that a fraternity has a solemn obligation to develop its new members, initiates and alumni, and that this responsibility extends alike to the institutions where the Fraternity is represented. This obligation also extends to parents and others who make possible the education of new members and initiates as well as the communities where chapters are accountable for good citizenship. This obligation is also owed to the college fraternity system of which Theta Chi is a part.

Finally, Theta Chi is based on the firm conviction that one of the most damaging instruments to the fraternity system is the employment of a new member education program which includes hazing, and that this unproductive, ridiculous, and hazardous custom has no place in the fraternity system.

Bylaw Against Hazing:
The Fraternity prohibits absolutely all physical hazing, paddling, uncalled-for humiliation, and public display in connection with pledging and pre-initiatory activities, and subscribes to the National Interfraternity Conference resolutions and the Fraternity Executives Association's "Statement of Position on Hazing and Pre-initiatory Activities" which condemn all forms of hazing in connection with pledge/New Member education and pre-initiatory activities. The active chapters shall carry out the Fraternity's policy and conform strictly to this policy, not only to escape the danger of bringing discredit to the Fraternity and injuring the entire fraternity cause, but also to build higher respect for the chapters and the Fraternity in the minds of pledges/New Members and to instill a finer type of loyalty thereby. The Fraternity prohibits all forms of public initiation, and pre-initiatory and initiation activities shall not be permitted to interfere in any way with the scholastic obligations or class attendance of those involved.

  Chapter History

In 1919, the local chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon was founded. The Rho chapter of Beta Kappa, which was founded in 1926 on Wesleyan's campus, was the forerunner of Beta Rho chapter of Theta Chi. Beta Kappa officially, merged with Theta Chi on April 14, 1942. On May 21, 1942, the former Beta Kappa chapter received its formal Theta Chi charter and has henceforth been known as the Beta Rho chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity.