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Phi Beta Chi
Phi Beta Chi Sorority Crest.jpeg
FoundedMarch 26, 1978; 45 years ago (1978-03-26)
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
EmphasisLutheran heritage
MottoAmor Via Vitae in Christo
Love through Life in Christ
Colors  Azure Blue,   White
FlowerWhite Rose of Sharon
PublicationThe Ellipse
PhilanthropyAbleLight and the YMCA
Chapters5, 24 installed
Headquarters267 Timber Drive #2274
Garner, NC 27529-9998
WebsiteOfficial website

Phi Beta Chi (ΦΒΧ) is a national sorority in the United States Phi Beta Chi was founded in 1978 on Christian values and celebrates its Lutheran heritage.


Phi Beta Chi was founded on March 26, 1978 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At inception, it was formed as a collegiate Christian sorority to support collegiate women socially, spiritually, and academically. Founders were from the Lutheran Church heritage.[1][2]

Chapters and Colonies

Approximately 25 chapters have been formed, of which five are active. Active chapters noted in bold, inactive chapters in italics. [1]

Name Chartered Institution Location Status Notes Reference
Alpha March 26, 1978–200x University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL Inactive [1]
Beta 1980 Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Active [3][4]
Gamma 198x–? Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL Inactive [1]
Delta 198x–? University of Missouri Columbia, MO Inactive [1]
Epsilon 1986–? University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE Inactive [1]
Zeta 1990 Texas A&M University at College Station College Station, TX Active [3][5]
Eta 199x–? Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL Inactive [1]
Theta 1992–200x ? University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE Inactive [1]
Iota 19942020 ? Iowa State University Ames, IA Inactive [1]
Kappa 2000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Active [3][6]
Lambda 200x ?–20xx ? Chapman University Orange, CA Inactive [1]
Mu 2003–20xx ? Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC Inactive [1]
Nu 200x ?–20xx ? Concordia College (NY) [7] Bronxville, NY Inactive [1]
Xi 2002–201x ? Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX Inactive [1]
Omicron 2003–20xx ? University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN Inactive [1]
Pi 2003 ?–201x ? Texas State University San Marcos, TX Inactive [1]
Rho ? University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Inactive [1]
Sigma ? University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO Inactive [1]
Tau 2005 ? East Carolina University Greenville, NC Active [3][8]
Upsilon 2008 ? University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Inactive [1]
Phi 2009 ? University of Delaware Newark, DE Inactive [1]
Chi 2013–2019 ? University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Inactive [1]
Psi 20152019 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN Inactive [1]
Omega 2016 ? University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Bradford, PA Active [3][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive)". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 5 April 2022. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  2. ^ Torbenson, Craig L.; Parks, Gregory (2009). Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororities (Print). Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 230. ISBN 9780838641941. OCLC 254527263. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e Phi Beta Chi. "Collegiate Locations". Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  4. ^ Noted among Purdue's student organizations on its portal page, accessed 5 April 2022.
  5. ^ Noted by Texas A&M among its student organizations on its official portal page, accessed 5 April 2022.
  6. ^ Noted as an active chapter on UNC's portal page for the sorority. Accessed 5 April 2022.
  7. ^ This school closed in 2021.
  8. ^ In a naming coincidence, an earlier group called Phi Beta Chi (local) had formed at Greenville 1957, noted in a historical profile of Greenville campus sororities, accessed 5 April 2022. That group would affiliate with Alpha Phi national sorority in 1960, becoming its Delta Alpha chapter, which was active until 2018. See also the campus newspaper article of November 12, 1959 announcing the affiliation. The later, Lutheran sorority chapter came about from a colony established specifically for that purpose in 2004.
  9. ^ Noted on the Bradford Greek Life portal, accessed 5 April 2022.