Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) is a collegiate women's fraternity which was founded on April 28, 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. The twelve founders had a vision to form the first national secret society for women at a time when only five state universities admitted women.
The Pennsylvania Theta chapter of Pi Beta Phi was colonized at Villanova University in the fall of 1989 with an initial pledge class of 90 women. Since then, our chapter has grown into a family filled with genuine sisterhood and love for one another. We strive to follow in the footsteps of our founders by promoting friendship, developing women of intellect and integrity, cultivating leadership potential, and enriching lives through community service. Becoming a member of Pi Beta Phi means becoming a part of something greater than yourself – it links you to thousands of women across the country who share your values and who you can call your sisters for life.
Executive officer at Pi Beta Phi’s College Weekend celebrating our 150th anniversary of our founding!
Pi Phi's pausing for a quick photo during Philanthropy Day of Recruitment 2015
Our chapter is proud to continue the tradition of Pi Beta Phi's national philanthropy – Read > Lead > Achieve. One in four children in America grows up without learning how to read and more than 44 million parents cannot read or read below an eighth-grade level. We believe that children’s literacy is one of the most important issues in our country today because reading is essential in every stage of your life. Pi Beta Phi leads the way to a more literate society and to cultivate leadership. Pi Phi is partnered with First Book, an international nonprofit organization whose single mission is to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Pi Phi also takes pride in the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. The Foundation funds a broad range of philanthropic efforts including scholarships and leadership development programs. To further promote children’s literacy, we participate in the Champions Are Readers (CAR) program, a reading enrichment program for kindergarten students at our chosen school, McClure Elementary in North Philadelphia. Our sisters tutor these children and look to instill in them a lifelong love of reading.
Pennsylvania Theta helps support First Book and the Pi Beta Phi Foundation through our on-campus philanthropy events. In the fall, our chapter hosts Angels in the Outfield, a wiffle ball tournament bringing out chapters throughout Villanova. In the spring, we hosted a new fun run relay event, which featured Pie-a-Pi-Phi.
Angels in the Outfield - Fall 2017
Pi Phi’s always find time to spend together whether it’s getting lunch between classes, coffee breaks, late night study parties in the library, or getting ready for social events. As a Pi Phi, you’ll always have a sister by your side.
Pi Phi hosts a variety of sisterhood events for its members. In the past year, events have included laser tag, craft nights, painting classes, ice skating, cookie decorating, potluck dinners, secret Santa and gift exchange parties, movie nights, trips to Skyzone trampoline park, and apple picking.
Recent Villanova University Awards
- Chapter Programming 2017
- Leadership Award 2016
- Most Improved Chapter 2015
- Most Improved Recruitment 2015
National Recognition from Pi Beta Phi
- Excellence in Community Service and Philanthropy for Region 1
- Excellence in New Member Programming for Region 1
- Excellence in Alumni Advisory Committee Service in Region 1
- National Excellence in Alumni Advisory Committee Service National Excellence in New Member Programming
- National Honorable Mention for Community Service and Philanthropy
The Villanova Chapter of Pi Beta Phi received a Phi Level chapter rating, meaning that this is one of the Top 10 Chapters of Pi Beta Phi in the nation!
To learn more about Villanova’s chapter of Pi Beta Phi, visit https://www.pibetaphi.org/pibetaphi/villanova.
FAMOUS PI PHIS
- Senator Kay Baily-Hutchinson
- Senator Lisa Murkowski
Former First Ladies
- Grace Coolidge
- Barbara Bush
- Jennifer Garner
- Susan Lucci
- Faye Dunaway
- Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Pi Phi's symbol, the arrow, is always aimed up and worn over the heart to represent Pi Phi's permanent place in a member's heart. This arrow can also be found on Parker pens and Wrigley's gum, displaying Mrs. Wrigley's and Mrs. Parker's dedication to their sorority.