Welcome from the President

This is the official website of the Omicron Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the University of Virginia.  The Chapter was founded in 1855 and was most recently re-colonized in 2007.  We invite you to learn more about our history and lore at the University of Virginia and nationwide.

Welcome to the Omicron Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the University of Virginia! We in Beta Theta Pi consider ourselves above all else brothers and friends, but commit ourselves also to being gentlemen, scholars, servants, and leaders. I invite you to explore our website and learn more about a fraternity steeped in history and tradition, energized by a common vision, and constituted by a diverse group of 63 outstanding college men.

   --Michael O'Connell, Chapter President

Congratulations to the recipients of the Beta Men of Principle Scholarships for 2011!
Scholarship Winners
Beta's Men of Principle Initiative

 Men of Principle

The ideals of the Men of Principle initiative are not merely aspirations for the fraternity- they're qualities we seek to encourage throughout the University. Pursuant to this goal, each autumn we give out $2,000 of scholarship money to deserving first and second year non-Greek men. Every year we receive many qualified applicants: a testament to the quality of character of young men at the University. After reading through the applications, those who stand out are invited to the Beta Chapter House for interviews with current brothers. Ten finalists are invited to our Men of Principle Scholarship dinner, where they are treated to good company, good food, and a speech from a prominent member of the University community. At the dinner, our scholarship recipients are announced. Through this process, we seek not only to recognize young men who have embodied the ideals of the Men of Principle initiative, regardless of Greek affiliation, but also to introduce non-Greek men to a new vision of fraternity life: one that celebrates the qualities of a gentleman, a scholar, and a leader.  For more on the Men Of Principle initiative, click here.

Applications for the Men of Principle Scholarship are closed at this time.


 Social & Brotherhood Functions

The following is a selected list of social events from this past school year:
Sorority Mixers  
Football Tailgates  
Beta Beach  
Date Functions  
Brotherhood Campout  
Fall Formal  
Spring Break Trip  
Brotherhood Paintball  
Parents' Formal
Foxfield Races  

 Scholarship and Cultivation of the Intellect

Brothers of the Omicron Chapter place high value on "cultivation of the intellect".  We invite distinguished speakers and hold regular study hours.  In addition to committing ourselves to academic pursuits, we recognize academic excellence within the non-Greek community at UVa by offering annual scholarships.  As of the last semester we are fortunate to have an average fraternity GPA of 3.54, ranking second highest in the IFC.
Distinguished professors and illustrious alumni regularly speak at Beta
Professor Reception
News channel from England came to UVa to document American fraternities, specifically the Omicron chapter of Beta Theta Pi  

 Involvement in Extra-Curriculars

Betas are involved in every corner of University life and self-governance.  This is an abridged list of current extra-curricular clubs, organizations, and committees with which Betas are affiliated.

Honor Committee
University Guide Service
Jefferson Literary and Debating Society
Washington Literary Society and Debating Union
Alternative Spring Break
Madison House
Independent Research
Cavalier Marching Band
UVA UScouts
Hoo Crew
UVA Fill the Hill
AKAdeMiX Dance Crew
Mahogany Dance Troupe
Eta Kappa Nu
Order of Omega
Chi Alpha
Cru Christian Fellowship
Entrepreneurship Group Student Ambassadors
Virginia Glee Club
Whethermen Improv Group
The Virginia Gentlemen
Summer Orientation Leaders
First Year Seminar
One In Four
Cavalier Education Program
UVA Seed

Resident Staff
Varsity Cheerleading
McIntire Ambassador
YMCA Basketball Coach
IFC Community Service Committee
UVA Jazz Ensemble
UVA Arts Mentors
University Judiciary Committee
Class Councils
Lighting of the Lawn Committee
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Jefferson Public Citizens Program
E-School Dean's Ambassador Program
E-School Tour Guides
Athlete Mentor Program
Global Medical Brigades
The Androit Journal
Seratim: Journal of American Politics
UVA Club Squash
The Cavalier Daily
Reformed University Fellowship
Jefferson Public Service Fellows
UVA Student Ambassadors
Air Force ROTC
UVA Club Tennis
Salsa Club

 Philanthropy & Community Service

Betas are involved with a multitude of community service around Charlottesville.  Betas believe it is important to remember that UVa is not simply a bubble, but an integral part of Charlottesville and greater Albemarle County.  Thus, we have set ourselves a combined standard of at least 795hrs of service per semester.

The following is a selected list of community service events from last semester.
Beta and Kappa Tug for the Town
benefiting the Free Clinic of Charlottesville

Beta and Chi-O Southern Sampler
benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation

Participation in philanthropies around Grounds

Take Back the Night  
Relay For Life


The Omicron chapter participates in intramural sports throughout the academic year. We pride ourselves on athletic excellence and regularly field teams in:

7 on 7 Football
Ultimate Frisbee
Outdoor Soccer
Indoor Soccer
4 on 4 Football
5 on 5 Basketball

We view intramural sports as a way to not only strengthen our brotherhood but also maintain physical fitness while having fun.

Disclaimer: This information is subject to change, thus before acting on said material, contact the webmaster.


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Last Updated 12/20/2013

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