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Theta Chi Fraternity

UC Santa Cruz - Theta Iota Chapter


about us

Theta Chi is one of the oldest men’s college fraternities in North America. Founded in 1856, more than 185,000 members have enjoyed the Fraternity’s traditions, ideals, and fellowship.

Founded on the principle of friendship through the mutual assistance of every member, Theta Chi aims to provide its members with an enjoyable and fulfilling collegiate experience that also prepares them for rewarding, successful lives after graduation.

Fast Facts

Founding Date: April 10, 1856
Location of Founding: Norwich University (Norwich, Vermont)
Founding Fathers: Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase

Theta Chi Statistics

Chapters installed since 1856: 239
Undergraduate members: approx. 8,100
Active chapters: 160
Official colonies: 9

Theta Iota Chapter Statistics

Colony: January 10, 1987
Charter:  October 14, 1989
First national fraternity at UCSC.
Now: 8 other fraternities, 13 sororities

Recent News & Events


Coming soon!


30th Anniversary

Saturday night
Chaminade Resort
1 Chaminade Ln., Santa Cruz, CA 95065
6:00 p.m. start
Sign up for the 1856 Club before the end of April to lock in your spot! By joining the 1856 Club at the $30/month or higher amount, you may attend the weekend with no additional charge for the evening activities.

Learn more about this event!