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John and Nellie Wooden
Institute for Men of Principle

A pilgrimage home to discover Beta Theta Pi’s true principles

John and Nellie Wooden Institute for Men of Principle

The award-winning John and Nellie Wooden Institute for Men of Principle is an incredible opportunity for initiated members that focuses on the ritual of Beta Theta Pi and becoming a better leader. The Wooden Institute was endowed and named by Carol and James A. Collins, UCLA ’50, in honor of legendary coach John R. Wooden, Purdue ’32, and his beloved wife, Nellie.

Wooden Institute Highlights

The Wooden Institute allows Betas to interact with brothers and Friends of Beta from across North America. Participants share ideas, dissect the Fraternity ritual, partake in challenging activities that focus on leadership skills, learn more about the history of Beta Theta Pi and reflect on the Fraternity’s heritage. Most importantly, participants enjoy camaraderie and build new connections with other initiated Betas in the Fraternity’s birthplace of Oxford, Ohio.

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” – John Wooden, Purdue ’32

Essential Information

Initiated Members

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is open to 20 members per chapter total, with a maximum of five members per chapter per session. Because quarter schools cannot attend all sessions, they may register additional students but must contact Beta’s Leadership and Education Department at 800.800.BETA.

Oxford, Ohio

Summer Session 1 | June 1-4, 2024
Summer Session 2 | June 8-11, 2024
Summer Session 3 | June 22-25, 2024

Registration will open on February 1.

For additional help, please contact the Administrative Office at 800.800.BETA or

Participant Costs

View program costs and follow the link below to reserve your spot at this year’s session. We look forward to seeing you at the John and Nellie Wooden Institute for Men of Principle!
Wooden Institute Costs

Initiated Members


Registration fee is billed to the attendee’s chapter. Does not include travel costs. Includes a $650 sponsorship courtesy of the Beta Foundation, which will be charged in full if attendee no shows.

Registration for summer sessions is open now and closes April 15.

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