At nine o'clock in the evening of the eighth day of the eighth month of the year 1839, eight earnest young men, all students at Miami University, held the first meeting of Beta Theta Pi in the Hall of the Union Literary Society, an upper room in the old college building, known as "Old Main."
Since 1839, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity has initiated more than 160,000 at colleges and universities throughout Canada and the United States. Beta continues to expand. The Fraternity grew from the founding group to more than 75 chapters in its first 100 years, the last 60 years saw an increase to some 130 chapters and colonies. All members share the common belief in academic excellence, sense of tradition and brotherhood and unsullied friendship. While brotherhood serves as the cornerstone of Beta Theta Pi, this lasting bond of friendship is cultivated by being a part of a group of individuals who share the same goals and values, constantly supporting each other in the pursuit of social, moral and cultural excellence.