Phi Kappa Theta is a national social fraternity with over 50 chapters and colonies at universities across the United States. 'Phi Kaps', as they are commonly referred to colloquially, are known for diversity among their brothers and a dedication to service. Phi Kappa Theta was established by the merger of two fraternities on April 29, 1959: Phi Kappa and Theta Kappa Phi. In 1889, Phi Kappa was founded by a group of Catholic students at Brown University who were refused entrance to other fraternities because of their faith. Later, on October 1, 1919, Theta Kappa Phi (an acronym for 'The Catholic Fraternity') was founded by a similar group of students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. The merger of the two fraternities in 1959 was the first of its kind in the history of the American fraternal system.
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