About Us


ΨΥ National History

Psi Upsilon Fraternity was founded 182 years ago on the evening of November 24th, 1833, at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Our founding fathers, seven men by the names of Robert Barnard, Samuel Goodale, Sterling G. Hadley, George Washington Tuttle, Edward Martindale, Merwin Henry Stewart, and Charles Washington Harvey, had become close friends after meeting with one another once per week to read poetry, exchange essays, and partake in other literary exercises. After several meetings, it became apparent to the men that they shared a special bond – and that bond was something that deserved to be made permanent, not just as a club for themselves, but as a special organization that would be welcoming to new members, and would continue to thrive even after they graduated from Union College. Thus, Psi Upsilon was born.

Today, Psi Upsilon has grown to include 28 active chapters, many of which are located at Ivy League schools, and is the 5th oldest college fraternity in North America. Check out our national website! 

ΨΥ Phi Nu Chapter History

The Phi Nu chapter of Psi Upsilon was founded at Christopher Newport University in 2010. Since inception Psi Upsilon has grown leaps and bounds in such a short time with philanthropy and on and off campus involvement.

Mission of Psi Upsilon Fraternity

United in friendship, Psi Upsilon members aspire to moral, intellectual, and social excellence in themselves as they seek to inspire these values in society.

Psi Upsilon Values
  • Lifelong Friendship
    • Psi Upsilon unites its members in a diverse brotherhood of firm and enduring friendship that will last a lifetime.
  • Moral Leadership
    • Psi Upsilon’s system of self-governance nurtures development of mature decision-making, individual responsibility, and moral leadership.
  • Intellectual Engagement
    • Psi Upsilon fosters individual and chapter support for the academic mission of the college and creates opportunities for co-curricular learning and personal development.
  • Responsible Social Conduct
    • Psi Upsilon’s members are guided by principles of responsibility, civility, and courtesy.
  • Service to Society
    • Psi Upsilon encourages service to college, community, country, and Fraternity.