Theta Chi Fraternity is an international college fraternity. It was founded on April 10, 1856 as the Theta Chi Society, at Norwich University, Norwich, Vermont, U.S., and is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Theta Chi has more than 170,000 initiated members and more than 6,000 undergraduates at 133 chapters and 8 colonies across North America. Theta Chi was founded on April 10, 1856, at Norwich University in Norwich, Vermont, by two military cadets, Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase. A third man, Egbert Phelps, is considered to be the 'assistant founder' for lending his help and advice to Freeman and Chase after transferring to Union College in 1854 (he was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity). The first initiates after the founders were Edward Bancroft Williston, Lorenzo Potter, and Frederick Howard Farrar. Theta Chi's early history is closely connected to the history of Norwich University.