Theta Chi National Fraternity

About Theta Chi

Theta Chi is one of the oldest men’s college fraternities in North America. Founded in 1856, more than 180,000 members have enjoyed the Fraternity’s traditions, ideals and fellowship.

Founded on the principle of friendship through the mutual assistance of every member, Theta Chi aims to provide its members with an enjoyable and fulfilling collegiate experience that also prepares them for rewarding, successful lives after graduation.

Fast facts

  • Founding Date: April 10, 1856
  • Location of Founding: Norwich University (Norwich, Vermont)
  • Founding Fathers: Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase
  • Fraternity Colors: Military red and white
  • Fraternity Flower: Red carnation
  • Magazine: The Rattle
  • Headquarters location: Carmel, IN

Theta Chi Statistics

  • Chapters installed since 1856: 226
  • Active chapters: 142
  • Official colonies: 10
  • Undergraduate members: approx 8,500
  • Total initiates since 1856: Over 180,000
  • Headquarters staff members: 28
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:

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