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NEW: New Frat Hitting the Campus at WPI

Monday, May 07, 2012


The Beta Theta Pi Fraternity is joining the campus community at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) next year.

Beta Theta Pi was founded at Miami University of Ohio in 1839 and has 119 collegiate chapters and more than 130,000 members.

“Our partnership with Beta Theta Pi will help further enhance a fraternity community that works hard to dispel the stereotypes about fraternities,” said Emily Perlow, director of student activities at WPI. “Beta Theta Pi’s emphasis on principled decision making, accountability, and building leaders are exactly the characteristics that will further support the positive fraternal experience at WPI.”

The expansion committee, which is comprised of representatives of the existing fraternities on campus, faculty, staff and alumni, selected Beta Theta Pi on the heels of visits from three fraternities. The selection was based on a range of criteria, including colony establishment plans, compatibility with the WPI mission, organizational accountability, success at technical institutions, and overall fit with the current institution.

Fraternities and sororities have been pledging members WPI for 121 years. There are currently five sororities and 13 fraternities at the school, accounting for more than 30 percent of the student population.


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