We Are 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.

Our undergraduates are leaders on campus, in the classroom and on the field. We invite you to learn more about who we are and what we do. Feel free to contact a member of our staff with any additional questions.
Chapters and Colonies
Fast Facts

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
  • Magazine: The Rattle of Theta Chi
  • Headquarters: Carmel, IN
Theta Chi Statistics

Theta Chi Statistics

  • Chapters installed since 1856: 235
  • Undergraduate members: approx. 8,100
  • Active chapters: 148
  • Official colonies: 5
  • Headquarters staff members: 32


Theta Chi began its partnership with the USO (United Service Organizations) in 2013, making it the Fraternity's official philanthropy. Each chapter is expected to raise at least $1,000 for the USO per academic year and participate in Operation Military Red, a fundraising and service competition between chapters of Theta Chi.

Click here for more information on Operation Military Red.

About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. They provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

Click here for more information on the USO.

Human Dignity

Theta Chi’s position is that all people are to be respected. Every person is due respect and dignity regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, handicap, sexual orientation, or gender. No member or new member should be required, coerced, forced, or influenced in any way to do anything that would be unbecoming of a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.

It follows that hazing would cause a member to lose dignity and is against Theta Chi’s policies and position. As stated in this document, Theta Chi Fraternity is unequivocally opposed to hazing in any form.

Hazing Hotline - 1-888-668-4293

Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, and Sexual Harassment

The members of Theta Chi aspire to and are expected to live by high moral values, including having regard for all people as being worthy of respect.  It is because of the adherence to such moral values that the members of Theta Chi reject and will not condone sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and harassment.