About Pi Beta Phi

The mission of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service.   

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     Pi Beta Phi attracts women who possess a desire to be part of a dynamic organization that will promote growth in all areas of life.  With a presence at major universities in 43 states and Canada, more than 13,000 collegiate members and 330 alumnae organizations and hundreds of thousands of women claiming membership, Pi Beta Phi works hard to provide ongoing supports for all members as they continue a journey of lifelong commitment to the Fraternity.

     A dedication to core values is at the heart of the organization.  Pi Beta Phi offers its members the opportunity to be part of an organization where members care for one another, shelter each other and share the bonds of sisterhood. 

     An international organization founded more than 140 years ago, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is committed to enriching the lives of women during college and beyond.  With more than 240,000 women proudly claiming membership in Pi Beta Phi, members benefit from the breadth and depth of its members worldwide.  This rich heritage forges a bright future for the organization and its members. 

Our Symbols  

Colors and Motto 

The colors of the Fraternity, wine and silver blue, and the first Greek Motto, Pi Beta Phi, were adopted at the 1882 Burlington Convention. 


The Badge 

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The badge of I.C. Sorosis, which was chosen by our founders in 1867, consisted of a golden arrow with the letters IC on its wings.  When the name of our Fraternity was changed to Pi Beta Phi, the Greek letters replaced the IC on the wings.  At the Yellowstone National Park Convention in 1934, the convention body voted to limit the links in the chain to 12 -- one for each founder.  Upon initiation, a member is given a gold-filled arrow badge.  If she wishes, she may order a jeweled badge through Headquarters at nominal cost.  Only initiated members of Pi Beta Phi wear the golden arrow badge, over the heart, with the tip of the arrow pointed up. 


The Crest About Pi Beta Phi 3 

The crest or coat of arms of Pi Beta Phi is a lozene on which is blazoned the Brownlee family crest.  An eagle is displayed in the middle, on top of which is the seal of Monmouth College (where Pi Beta Phi was founded).  The blazing sun, with the Latin word LUX in the center, is on the eagle's chest.  In the eagle's right talon is the monogram IC, and the left talon holds the arrow of Pi Beta Phi. 


The lozenge signifies that the arms represent a women's organization; the eagle, by holding the IC in one talon and the Pi Beta Phi arrow in the other, signifies the absolute identity between I.C. Sorosis and Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.  The coat of arms was adopted as the official fraternity crest at the 1912 Evanston Convention. 

The Carnation 

About Pi Beta Phi 4Adopted at the 1890 Galesburg Convention, the wine carnation became the official flower, with these words: "The roots of the flower are the Founders, for from the the whole plant grew...the stem represents the Grand Council.  It gives to us what was received from the roots.  It gives us height and strength...the leaves of our flower are the alumnae. They stand nearest the stem and assist in its work.  They are in communication with the world and breathe in for us the best of the world's ideals...the petals are red for the girls are loyal. As it is the rich, wine color that makes the flower attractive, it, too, is the warm fervent loyalty of its members that make Pi Beat Phi beautiful in the eyes of everyone...The pistil is the spirit, and the stamens are ideals of Pi Beta Phi.  The petals stand closely united around these to defend and protect them." 

The Pledge Pin About Pi Beta Phi 5 

The pledge pin is an arrowhead of Roman gold mounted with the Greek letter B (Beta) in burnished gold.   

 The Angel

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Fraternity history tells of songs about Pi Phi angels becoming popular in the late 1930s and early 1940s with skits depicting Pi Phis as angels often used in recruitment. Angel collections are popular among many Pi Phis.  The Founds did not choose the angel as a fraternity symbol; however, it is a worthy unofficial symbol of Pi Beta Phi. 


Core Values  About Pi Beta Phi 7  

Integrity, Honor and Respect, Lifelong Commitment, Personal and Intellectual Growth, Philanthropic Service to Others, and Sincere Friendship