BETA THETA PI RUSH
MEN OF PRINCIPLE SCHOLARSHIP
Every year, our Beta chapter gives out the Men of Principle Scholarship. Every incoming freshman male is eligible regardless of your intention to rush Beta. The scholarship is merit-based. Our intention with the scholarship is to recognize and reward men on campus whom we believe emboby our values - those who live as true men of principle. Click the link below to be directed to the scholarship page where you can find the application.
Why pledge Texas Beta?
Currently, our chapter consists of men in every major college at the university and many are a part of rigorous academic programs such as Plan II Honors, Turing Scholars, Dean’s Scholars, Health Science Scholars, and the Business Honors Program.
To further give you an idea of our chapter’s devotion to our new members' academics, here is how we compare to the other 26 IFC fraternities on campus:
During the Fall 2018 semester, our chapter achieved the second-highest GPA with a 3.42 average.
During the Spring 2018 semester, our pledge class achieved the highest GPA with a 3.86 average.
We understand that the transition from high school to college can be a tough one for many incoming freshmen. By pledging Texas Beta, you will be joining a brotherhood of highly motivated individuals with a variety of different passions who will be able to help you with your classes.
Our men are just as devoted to our collective success outside of the classroom as they are to causes that benefit the community. We regularly perform local community service projects and hold philanthropic events, such as our annual Casino Night, raising tens of thousands of dollars for our philanthropy, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, benefitting the children and families of actively deployed members of the Armed Forces.
On the forty acres, our actives are extremely involved in a number of organizations. Outside of Beta, many actives are known to hold leadership positions on college councils and participate in a variety of student organizations, such as:
American Association of Drilling Engineers
American Association of Professional Landmen
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Medical Student Association
Biomedical Engineering Society
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Global Medical Training
Habitat for Humanity
Honors Business Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency
Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Advisory Board
Natural Sciences Council
Student Engineering Council
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Society of Plan II Engineers
Texas Silver Spurs
Texas Men's NCAA Division I Basketball Team
Texas Men's NCAA Division I Football Team
Texas Undergraduate Investment Team
University Securities Investment Team
In the past, several of our members have received leadership education through programs sponsored by our national fraternity such as the Wooden Institute named after Beta alum and NCAA Hall of Fame coach John Wooden.
We believe that brotherhood is an extremely important aspect of being in a fraternity. Many of the men you meet in Beta will be ones that will become life-long friends beyond your time at UT. Each semester, we have a chapter-wide brotherhood retreat, compete in a variety of intramural sports, and put on a variety of other events.
We provide a full social calendar each semester. Throughout the year, you can expect many date events, Semi-Formal, Formal, tailgates, a trip to Dallas for OU Weekend, RoundUp, and more. Our members are actively involved throughout the university's Greek life. Your pledging semester will include several events to help you have fun in the city of Austin.
RoundUp 2018 with Texas Sigma Alpha Mu and Kappa Sigma
The Rush Process
At the University of Texas, there is no "formal" rush for fraternities. This means that fraternities can technically recruit year-round with a few restrictions. This is known as open recruitment. When you join a fraternity's rush list, you are considered a rushee or potential new member to that fraternity and are likely to be invited to rush events. When you are offered a bid (an invitation to join the fraternity), you have the option to accept or decline. If you accept your bid, you can no longer be recruited by any other fraternities; after the fraternity's recruitment cycle concludes, you are given new member (or pledge) status, and an education curriculum begins.
We take every opportunity to maximize recruits' chances to meet us and get to know what we're about. Beta participates in numerous organization fairs and tabling opportunities every semester. We also hold recruitment events in major metropolitan areas of Texas (Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin) over the Summer as well as "rush week" events - which take place just before and into the first few days of school. Our recruitment events are compliant with all risk management guidelines and are alcohol free. Although it does eliminate any question of underage drinking, another big reason we choose to eliminate alcohol at recruitment events is a practical one: we want to get to know you sober, and we want your decision to join Beta to be on sound judgement.
Out of courtesy to our recruits, we begin to wind down recruitment somewhat early each semester so that those who are not offered a bid have time explore other options - which we are more than happy to help with. Beta only offers a bid if we believe it will be accepted - we value quality over quantity. If you receive a bid from Beta, you should be very proud. It's a tremendous honor!
The Pledge Process
The pledging process typically includes an ongoing education curriculum that extends from the time you are inducted (beginning of pledgeship) to the time you are initiated as a full active member. The pledging periods vary in length from one fraternity to another and even from one campus to another. The curriculum often includes facts and historical details about the general fraternity as well as the specific chapter. Learning of other life skills and the building of brotherly relationships are also huge aspects of the pledging process.
First and foremost, we are proudly a non-hazing fraternity. We build much stronger bonds by rallying behind greater causes than an artificial atmosphere of hardship created by hazing. As we see it, your pledging semester should be the best time of your college career.
In addition to fraternity lore and history, our new member education curriculum offers a wealth of life skills and practical knowledge. We do many interactive lessons and activities that foster the building of life-long friendships among the pledge class and transferable skills to use throughout life. As our purpose states, our goal is to build men of principle for a principled life. This purpose remains at the core of everything we do.