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Our Fraternity Heritage

Pi Beta Phi History 


     Pi Beta Phi fraternity was founded on April 28, 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. This was before the term "sorority" was coined! Twelve amazing women started our sisterhood in secrecy. They had no idea how heavily they would impact the lives of young women across the country through generations and generations. They originally founded Pi Beta Phi under the name I. C. Sorosis, and changed the name in 1888. Pi Beta Phi grew and spread among college campuses until it became one of the nine founders of the National Panhellenic Conference, the umbrella organization for most college sororities. Pi Phi was the first women's fraternity to be modeled after similar men's groups and also the first of its kind to spread to other colleges!


A few fun facts:

  • Famous Pi Phis include First Ladies Grace Coolidge and Barbara Bush, Actressts Jennifer Garner and Faye Dunaway, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, suffragist Carrie Chapman Cat, Miss America Mallory Hagan, and many others!
  • Since 1867, more than 300,000 women have been initiated into Pi Beta Phi
  • There are over 200 active collegiate chapters across the U.S. and Canada
  • Our Alpha chapter in Illinois is still around!
  • The Pi Beta Phi Foundation awards scholarships as large as $10,000 to academically outstanding Pi Phis every year
Quick heritage and symbols:
  • Fraternity nickname: Pi Phi 
  • Colors: Wine and Silver Blue 
  • Badge: the Golden Arrow 
  • Flower: Wine Carnation
  • Unofficial Symbol: the Angel, associated with Pi Phi in the 1920s