Pi Kappa Alpha

Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Alpha Coat of Arms.png
FoundedMarch 1, 1868; 151 years ago (1868-03-01)
University of Virginia
Colors     Garnet
     Old Gold
SymbolThe Oak Tree, Shield & Diamond, Dagger & Key
FlagPi Kappa Alpha flag.jpg
FlowerLily of the Valley
PublicationShield and Diamond
Members15,590 (2014)[2] collegiate
280,000[1] lifetime
Headquarters8347 West Range Cove
Memphis, www.pikes.org

Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ), commonly known as Pike, is a college fraternity founded at the University of Virginia in 1868. The fraternity has over 225 chapters and colonies across the United States and abroad with over 15,500 undergraduate members and 280,000 lifetime initiates.

The fraternity's vision statement is "To set the standard of integrity, intellect, and achievement for our members, host institutions, and the communities in which we live."[3]


Pi Kappa Alpha was founded on March 1, 1868, at 47 West Range (The Range) at the University of Virginia by six graduate students: Robertson Howard, Julian Edward Wood, James Benjamin Sclater Jr., Frederick Southgate Taylor, Littleton Waller Tazewell Bradford and William Alexander.[4] On March 1, 1869, exactly one year after the Alpha Chapter at the University of Virginia was formed, the Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha was founded at Davidson College.[5] Theta Chapter, at Rhodes College, took over the responsibilities of Alpha chapter when the Fraternity was in decline in its infancy. John Shaw Foster, a junior founder from Theta Chapter, helped to reestablish Alpha Chapter at the University of Virginia. Theta Chapter is the longest continual running chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, having been founded in 1878. After almost a decade of decline, Pi Kappa Alpha was "re-founded" as part of the Hampden–Sydney Convention, held in a dorm room at Hampden–Sydney College. The four delegates to the Hampden–Sydney Convention are referred to as the Junior Founders. Pi Kappa Alpha was not originally organized as a sectional fraternity, however by constitutional provision it became so in 1889.[6] It remained a southern fraternity until the New Orleans Convention in 1909 when Pi Kappa Alpha officially declared itself a national organization.[7]

Like many other social fraternities at the time, Pi Kappa Alpha limited its membership to white men. The race restriction was removed in 1964.[8]

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