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Pi Beta Phi
Massachusetts Gamma
Type: Sorority
Nickname: Pi Phi
Established: 2008
Motto: Pi Beta Phi
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Pi Beta Phi is one of MIT's six sororities. Founded in 1867, Pi Beta Phi established the Massachusetts Gamma chapter at MIT in the fall of 2008.


Fraternity History

Pi Beta Phi was founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. It was the first secret society for women to be modeled after men's fraternities. At the time of its founding, the term "sorority" was not yet in use, so Pi Beta Phi is officially a women's fraternity.

Twelve women, known as the Founders, established Pi Beta Phi with a focus on six core values:

  • Integrity
  • Honor and respect
  • Lifelong commitment
  • Personal and intellectual growth
  • Philanthropic service to others
  • Sincere friendship

Since its founding, Pi Beta Phi has opened chapters at major universities in 43 US states and in Canada. More than 240,000 women proudly claim membership in Pi Beta Phi. After graduation, members remain active in the fraternity by joining one of over 330 alumnae clubs worldwide.

Chapter History

The Massachusetts Gamma chapter was established at MIT in the fall of 2008. Since then, six groups of women have become members of the chapter. In the spring of 2011, MA Gamma received the Rogers Ideals and Values award from the MIT Panhellenic Association "in recognition of outstanding efforts in representing the highest ideal of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, Service, and Fraternity."


Pi Beta Phi is dedicated to philanthropic and community service efforts that will remove the barrier of illiteracy. The fraternity is partnered with First Book, a national organization which provides access to books for children in need. The MA Gamma chapter supports these efforts with a variety of programs and events throughout the year:

  • Held during the fall semester, Arrowspike is the chapter's largest philanthropy event. It consists of a volleyball tournament, carnival games, food, and prizes. Dorms, FSILGs, student groups, and other MIT organizations form teams to compete in the event.
  • Ransom for Reading is the chapter's spring philanthropy. Members of the MIT community volunteer to be "kidnapped" and held for a "ransom" of donated books.
  • The chapter partners with local elementary schools through the Champions Are Readers (CAR) program. Members encourage a love of reading in students by working with them on creative, literacy-related projects.
  • On Pi Beta Phi's Fraternity Day of Service, the chapter decorates bookplates for books to be donated.
  • In the spring, the chapter makes and sells Bunny Baskets filled with candy and other treats. The proceeds from sales are donated to First Book.


  • We are Individuals

Each sister in Pi Beta Phi is an individual with her own strengths, interests and successes. But even as we celebrate the diversity of each of our sisters, we know that as a group, we are stronger for our diversity. Each sister adds something to the chapter and leaves her own mark.

We have girls from many different backgrounds and many different places around the country, even around the world. We represent a diverse group of majors and campus activities.

  • We are Family

For some girls, MIT is the farthest they have been from home. But Pi Phi is a home away from home for all sisters. In Pi Phi, you will always find a sister ready to share in your triumphs and to support you in challenging times. We help each other with our classes, cheer at each other's sports games, and watch each other's performances. In Pi Phi, you will find a family of the best kind, always ready to share a laugh or a good cry during your college years and beyond.

  • Sisterhood Events

An important part of being a Pi Phi is forging sincere friendships, and we believe the best way to do this is to have fun with your sisters! We love spending time together in both impromtu and more organized get-togethers. These events have ranged from dinner and dim sum outings to retreats to go apple picking and mixers with other groups on campus. We also believe that every once in a while, dressing up can be more than a little fun.


Social Events

  • Mixers

Every semester, Pi Phi organizes a number of mixers with other sororities and fraternities. These events help to forge bonds within MIT's Greek community, and offer a great way to meet new people and have fun with sisters.

  • Semis and Formals

Pi Phi hosts a semi-formal event each year during the fall semester, and a formal event in the spring. Our events have ranged from a cruise of Boston Harbor to a 1920's-themed murder mystery. We love having the opportunity to dress up and have fun with our sisters!


  • Formal Recruitment

Pi Beta Phi participates in fall formal recruitment. To learn more about formal recruitment or to sign up, please visit the Panhel website.

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