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 FUN FACTS  

Here's a little trivia, history and information from the vaults of Pi Beta Phi at Texas Tech University.

The Basics  

  • Pi Beta Phi's nickname is Pi Phi. The colors are Wine and Silver Blue.
  • The flower is the wine (not red!) carnation. 
  • The badge is a golden arrow with 12 links in the chain. It can be plain or jeweled! 

  • The New Member pin is a golden arrowhead with the Greek letter Beta. Sometimes it's called a dart or a beta pin. 

  • Angels, the unofficial Fraternity symbol, became associated with Pi Phi in the 1930s.  

A Little History

  • Pi Beta Phi Fraternity was founded on April 28, 1867, at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. 
  • Pi Beta Phi was one of the nine founders of the National Panhellenic Conference. 
  • Pi Phi is the first women's fraternity to be modeled on the men's groups and the first to start a chapter at another college. 
  • Twelve amazing women started the Fraternity. We refer to them as our founders. 
  • Pi Phi is officially a fraternity, not a sorority. The word "sorority" hadn't been coined in 1867 when Pi Phi was founded. 
  • Pi Phi was founded as I.C. Sorosis. The name was changed to Pi Beta Phi in 1888. 
Extra Info
  • Famous Pi Phis include: First Ladies Grace Coolidge and Barbara Bush; Actresses Jennifer Garner and Faye Dunaway; Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and many more! 
  • More than 250,000 women have been initiated into Pi Phi since 1867. 
  • There have been 200 installed chapters across the United States and Canada. 
  • Our oldest chapter is our Illinois Alpha Chapter at Monmouth College installed in 1867. 
  • Our newest chapter was recently chartered in November 2014 at the University of South Carolina. 
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation awarded 124 scholarships totaling more than $355,500 for the 2014–2015 academic year.
Pi Phis After College
  • After graduation, members have the option of joining their local alumnae organization. There are nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide! Alumnae organizations offer leadership opportunities, community service, social events, and general networking. 
  • Pi Phi’s Members-Only section of www.pibetaphi.org connects you with Pi Phis across the nation and world! By keeping their profiles up-to-date, members can reconnect with old friends, and network with others in similar professional fields. 
  • Pi Beta Phi gives all of its members the opportunity to give back, whether through volunteering your time and talents or financial resources. 
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation offers alumna scholarship opportunities for graduate and continuing education.