Pi Beta Phi

NY Epsilon Chapter


The first national organization for women, Pi Beta Phi, was founded in 1867 at Monmouth College. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s chapter of NY Epsilon was established in 1984 and is one of 200 chapters.

Pi Phi’s symbol, the arrow, is always pointed upward and worn over the heart to represent Pi Phi’s permanent place in a member’s heart.

Pi Beta Phi hosts their annual Wing Fest and Mr. RPI to raise money for its philanthropy, the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. The Pi Beta Phi Foundation promotes literacy through Read > Lead > Achieve initiatives and provides scholarships to those in need. These Read > Lead > Achieve initiatives include Arrow in the Arctic, Champions are Readers and First Book.

The mission of Pi Beta Phi is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential, and enrich lives through community service. There is an unmatched level of integrity, commitment to excellence, and a general aura of potential that sets a Pi Phi apart from the rest. That’s because she is a member of a premier organization with a history steeped in tradition. The ideals set forth by their founders are what they live by today.

Pi Beta Phi hopes you have a fantastic experience at RPI and looks forward to meeting you!


Chapter Nickname: Pi Phi

Colors: wine and silver blue

Symbol: arrow

Philanthropy: Pi Beta Phi Foundation; Read > Lead > Achieve