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About Theta Chi Nationally

Frederick Freeman

     Arthur Chase

Theta Chi Fraternity was founded by Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase at Norwich University in Norwich, Vermont on April 10, 1856 and it is one of the oldest men’s fraternities in North America.

Freeman and Chase established the Fraternity’s motto of “An Assisting Hand” and indicated the members of Theta Chi would do all in their power to help each other in any way possible. They further stated in Theta Chi’s first Constitution that the purpose of the Fraternity was threefold: “to bind by closer bonds the members to each other,” “the advancement of any measures at the institutions where it is established which shall be of importance to its members,” and “the mutual benefit and improvement of all its members.”

The Creed of Theta Chi clearly states our ideals in a public way; it is learned, recited and held dear by all members of Theta Chi Fraternity. It reads:

“I believe in Theta Chi, its traditions and its ideals. Born of sturdy manhood, nurtured by resolute men, ennobled by high and sacred purpose, it has taken its place among the educational institutions of America as a promoter of knowledge, an advancer of culture, and a builder of character.

It inspires true friendship; teaches Truth, Temperance, and Tolerance, extols virtue, exacts harmony, and extends a helping hand to all who seek it.

I believe in the primacy of Alma Mater; in the usefulness of my Fraternity, in its influence and its accomplishments and I shall do all in my power to perpetuate its ideals, thereby serving my God, my country, and my fellow man.”

Our past is indeed proud. For 46 years, Theta Chi was but one chapter, Alpha at Norwich University. Our growth from 1902 and over the next century is a tribute to the standards, ideals, and objectives of those cadets and over 161,000 men who have followed them and taken the vows of Theta Chi Fraternity. Those ideals and standards are as attractive and as meaningful today as in 1856. Our growth and expansion demonstrate that there are many thousands of young men who join our chapters and colonies each year to share in that brotherhood.

From our ranks have come leaders in industry, the sciences, law, medicine, education, military, and government at all levels. Many thousands of our alumni have carried the tradition of the Helping Hand into their neighborhoods, places of worship, communities and local organizations, to share their leadership skills with others.

Most importantly, our chapters and colonies provide the support for excellence that is sorely needed today on campuses. That brotherhood comes in a wide and diverse variety of shapes, sizes, forms, colors, and fashions, but it reflects the concept of the Helping Hand — that the most important duty that we have is to assist others, especially in time of need. Young people today are in need of that support, perhaps more than ever before. Theta Chi fraternity squarely meets that need.

The brotherhood of Theta Chi Fraternity has spanned over 150 years and over 215 chapters, yet it remains as bright and as unique as it was in 1856.

National Fast Facts

  • Founding Date: April 10, 1856
  • Founders: Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase
  • Alpha Chapter: Norwich University, Norwich, VT
  • Chapters: 131 in the U.S. and Canada
  • Total Initiates: 160,000+
  • Avg. Chapter Size: 38
  • Expansion Rate: 3-5 fraternities per year
  • IHQ Location: 3330 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268