Mu Beta Psi
|Mu Beta Psi|
|Founded||November 5, 1925
North Carolina State University
|Colors||Red and White|
|Flower||Red and White American Beauty Rose|
|Chapters||18 lettered, 1 alumni|
|Headquarters||Raleigh, North Carolina, United States|
Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Musical Fraternity (ΜΒΨ) is a service and music fraternity with chapters and colonies at universities throughout the eastern United States. Founded in 1925 at North Carolina State University by the director of bands, Major Percy Walter "Daddy" Price, this group began as a male-only, honorary fraternity for colleges lacking a music major. It spread early to several colleges throughout the southern United States. In 1961 it expanded eligibility requirements to admit women. By the early 2000s, the fraternity had expanded to several colleges throughout the eastern half of the United States.
Although an honorary fraternity, Mu Beta Psi views itself as primarily a music service group. Several of the chapters run scholarship programs and pride themselves on providing service to their music departments.
Any member of the fraternity is referred to as a "Brother" without regard to the member's sex. This practice comes from the fraternity's beginnings and is used in context as a designation of membership status, not gender.
The chapters were named in order of their acceptance to Mu Beta Psi. Chapters are:
|Chapter||Location||Chartered||Status (Inactive Date)|
|Alpha (Α)||North Carolina State University||1925||Active|
|Beta (Β)||Davidson College||1929||Inactive (1931)|
|Gamma (Γ)||never chartered†||N/A||N/A|
|Delta (Δ)||Clemson University||1937||Inactive (2005)|
|Epsilon (Ε)||Washington and Lee University||1965||Inactive (ca. 1985)|
|Zeta (Ζ)||Michigan Technological University||1967||Active|
|Eta (Η)||Virginia Military Institute||1970||Inactive (1971)|
|Theta (Θ)||St. Augustine's College||1973||Inactive (ca. 1986)|
|Iota (Ι)||Duke University||1981||Inactive (ca. 1984)|
|Kappa (Κ)||Wofford College||1989||Inactive (1996)|
|Lambda (Λ)||Anderson University||1991||Inactive (1992)|
|Mu (Μ)||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||1993||Inactive (2012)|
|Nu (Ν)||State University of New York at Oswego||1994||Active|
|Xi (Ξ)||Saint Vincent College||1996||Inactive (2006)|
|Omicron (Ο)||Roanoke College||2001||Active|
|Pi (Π)||Rutgers University||2007||Active|
|Rho (Ρ)||Northern Michigan University||2008||Active|
|Sigma (Σ)||St. Louis University||2009||Inactive (2012)|
|Tau (Τ)||American University||2011||Active|
† Gamma Chapter was never formally designated; Percy Price died before a school could be finalized and a Charter issued, and the effort was lost. Records speculate that Gamma was going to be at The College of William and Mary but that has never been confirmed.
‡ The Mu Beta Psi Alumni Association is a separate organization, but considered an active chapter. The Alumni Association is open to alumni of all Mu Beta Psi chapters, active or otherwise.