Kappa Alpha Theta was established at DePauw University, formerly Indiana Asbury, in 1870. Striving to find a home away from home as her brother had in his fraternity, but limited by the "men only" requirement, Bettie decided to start her own group. With the encouragement of her father and help of her close friend Alice Allen, Bettie initiated herself in a mirror on January 27, 1870 to become the first member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter fraternity known among women.
Kappa Chapter was founded at the University of Kansas in 1881 and is the first chapter west of the Mississippi River. The Kappa Chapter is known for its members' exemplary grade point averages and involvement both on campus and within the Lawrence community.
Thetas have made great strides in many professional fields such as medicine, business, politics, and many more. Being a Theta fosters a sisterhood in which women may grow together and work to better ourselves and our community, so that we may truely become nobler women.