- 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
- Fraternity Flower: Red carnation
- Magazine: The Rattle
- Headquarters location: Indianapolis, IN
Theta Chi Statistics
- Chapters installed since 1856: 220
- Active chapters: 130
- Official colonies: 10
- Undergraduate members: more than 6,000
- Total initiates since 1856: 164,000
- Headquarters staff members: 26
Theta Chi was founded as the Theta Chi Society on April 10, 1856, at Norwich University, by two military cadets: Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase.
Freeman and Chase met in Freeman’s room of the University’s Old South Barracks, and after taking oaths and declaring each other “true and accepted members” of the Society, Chase was elected President and Freeman was elected Secretary. The next evening, Freeman and Chase initiated two more cadets: Edward Bancroft Williston and Lorenzo Potter.
Although Theta Chi is regarded as Norwich’s first fraternity, it is believed that Freeman and Chase may also have been members of a secret society called The Regulators prior to founding Theta Chi. However, whether there was any connection between the Regulators and Theta Chi is still open for debate today.
If our Founders could see us today, they would surely be proud of what they saw. Over 160,000 men have been initiated into the Fraternity since its founding. On April 9, 2011, Theta Chi installed its 220th chapter, Iota Xi at Georgia College and State University, and began the second half of the Iota series of chapters.