Kappa Alpha Order History
Kappa Alpha Order was founded by four men, bound their friendship in a “mutual pledge of faith and loyalty,” at Washington College in Virginia, in December of 1865.
Our founders created an organization rooted in the highest ideals of the time: honor, chivalry, and gentility.
KA translates these timeless philosophies into the mainstream of American universities. These gentlemanly traits are the hallmark of men who have chosen our unique lifestyle.
The Philosophy of the Order
The acquisition of knowledge and the development of character are the great goals of life, and the primary focus for gentlemen of Kappa Alpha Order.
Through fellowship and brotherhood, KA teaches young men to be leaders; to be brave and self-reliant, to continually strive to better themselves. It is for this reason that we are known as the ‘Gentlemen of the Fraternity World’.
The Impacts of Fraternity Participation
You can greatly enhance the rewards of college life through a fraternity experience. Transitioning to college life, students often search for a group – somewhere they feel comfortable working with others to achieve common goals.
Being a fraternity man also means focusing on leadership, scholarship, community service, and friendship. Fraternity members gain a more well-rounded college experience, and the ability to maximize their potential.
The benefits of fraternal membership do not stop when you graduate. KA chapters are supported by Alumni who can ease the transition to post-graduate life. Our alums build networks during their professional careers – contacts you will want to know.
Fraternity membership does not guarantee a job following graduation, it does provide great resources that you would not have otherwise had.
Kappa Alpha Order Reach
Kappa Alpha Order has over 120 active chapters in 25 states, from Seattle to Ft Myers, and there are opportunities to interact with these brothers through many of KA’s leadership training programs throughout the year.
You can look forward to a lifetime of associations, not only with your Beta Alpha brothers at Missouri University of Science and Technology, but with KAs from all over the nation.
Alumni have established chapters in 49 North American cities, supported by staff from Kappa Alpha Order headquarters in Lexington, VA.
Our alumni network is wide as well, with members of Beta Alpha working at companies like Google, Microsoft, Boeing, Caterpillar, Intel, the US Air Force, FedEx, Ruger and more!”
A Moral Compass for the Modern Gentleman
You come to college with your values intact; you've learned from family and friends what's right and wrong.
While in college, KA helps you keep your compass straight, developing your values and experiences, and pointing you in a great direction for your future. Based on our history and your experience, your journey in life becomes clearer.
History of Beta Alpha Chapter
The Beta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order was founded on April 27, 1903, making it the second oldest fraternity on campus
The university was then known as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. Now in its second century on campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology, KA has called several places home, mostly converted homes and boarding houses, as has been the case for many fraternities.
In 1959, years of organization and fund-raising climaxed in the opening of a new KA house custom-made for our use. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to a group of alumni who made that home possible for the generations of brothers who followed them.
Today's alumni, having benefited from the use of the home at 1 Fraternity Drive, are also responsible for its maintenance and for compliance with all university, city, state and federal regulations.
In 2014, the KA house received a total renovation which added space and converted additional areas for educational purposes.
We are still “Miners” – although many alums have known the university by as many as four different names. And we are still KA's – continuing the traditions, and providing for a great future for our brothers at Missouri S&T.