Beta Theta Pi was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1839 and currently has over 120 active chapters and more than 200,000 initiated members across North America. The Zeta Omega Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the University of San Diego was founded on September 30, 2004 with the induction of the 24 man Founding Father pledge class. In August 2007 at the 168th General Convention in Orlando, Florida, the colony at the University of San Diego was awarded full chapter status and the Zeta Omega chapter designation.
Our chapter was one of only four fraternity chapters across North America in 2011 to be recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference with its Award of Distinction. Each year since 2011, the chapter was also the recipient of the John Reily Knox Award, the highest honor given to a chapter by Beta Theta Pi. The chapter has been awarded the USD Dean's Trophy which recognizes the outstanding fraternity chapter at the University of San Diego every year since 2011 .
Our members excel in all areas of campus life, including athletics, service, and in countless student organizations. Our chapter also leads in the classroom, consistently achieving the top GPA among fraternities at USD and well above the campus average. In addition to ongoing member education programming and leadership experiences, we also offer a variety of social and brotherhood events for our members.
While we take great pride in our accomplishments and appreciate the recognition we have received for our efforts, we believe it is the strong sense of brotherhood within our chapter and the character of our individual members that distinguishes us.