Pi Beta Phi
The Pennsylvania State University
About Our Chapter

A message from our Chapter President:


Welcome to Penn State Pi Beta Phi’s official website! We are so excited to share with you information about our sisterhood, history, philanthropy, and involvement around campus. We invite you to explore our website and check out what being a Pi Phi is all about!


In the past three years, there are two moments in my life that I remember like it was yesterday. First, waiting patiently for that packet to arrive in the mailbox from PSU. When the day had finally come, I couldn’t wait any longer, hands shaking, packet in hand, I tore it open to read the words Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn State University! The second moment I fondly remember ironically, also dealt with my shaking hands ripping open my bid envelope to read the words Congratulations on your bid to the PA Epsilon Chapter of Pi Beta Phi! I could not be more grateful for these two impactful moments as they changed my life forever and for the better.


Pi Beta Phi was founded in 1867 and is the oldest women’s fraternity. The Pennsylvania Epsilon Chapter was founded in September of 1953 and was installed that same year November 15,1953. PA Epsilon was installed by Grand President Marianne Reid Wild with assistance from Lucile Carson, Edith Rankin, and Velva Shortz. The local organization was named “The Aye Sees...”.


I was the first person of my family and friends to join a sorority and I am so thankful that I did. When becoming a new member, I had no idea the impact that my sisters and this organization would have on me. Our chapter stands for six core values; integrity, honor and respect, sincere friendship, lifelong commitment, personal and intellectual growth, and philanthropic service to others. Our sisters not only emulate these core values, but we also encourage members to become independently involved around campus in different clubs, organizations, and academic groups or hobbies.


I can personally say that these amazing women influence me to be the best version of myself every day. Together our ideals and values build a bond that I will carry with me through the rest of my life. I encourage young women to make the most of their collegiate experience at Penn State as a Panhellenic woman.


To learn more about our Fraternity please visit our national website via: pibetaphi.org

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Savannah Barry