Maryland Beta is the most decorated chapter in the nation and a large part of our success is due to the high requirements we expect from our initiates. This not only helps the chapter, but also allows current members to get to know our initiates.

Initiation Requirements

All initiates will have one semester to complete the required following:

Earn 60 points

All initiates are required to earn at least 60 points. These points are split into four categories:

  • Chapter Activities - 15 points
  • Community Service - 15 points
  • Lounge Hours - 15 points
  • General Hours - 15 points

Chapter Activities

To earn points in this category, initiates can attend social or athletic events held by the Maryland Beta Chapter. These events include Game Night at Board and Brew, Ice Skating and Hiking Trips. Each event an initiate attends will earn them 10 points in this category.

Community service

To earn points in this category, initiates can attend community service events held by the Maryland Beta Chapter. These events include volunteering at Marthas Table and A Wider Circle, and teaching K-12 kids at MindSet. Each event an initiate attends will earn them 10 points in this category. 

Lounge Hours

To earn points in this category, initiates have to spend time in the Tau Beta Pi Lounge located at 0111 Glenn L. Martin Hall. 1 hour spent in the lounge equals 1 point. Initiates can also earn 1 point by spending 6 minutes cleaning the lounge.

General Hours

To earn points in this category, initiates can attend service or fundraising events or take TIPS Training. Service and fundraising events include concessions and lounge events. TIPS Training and fundraising events an initiate attends will earn them 25 points in this category. Service events an initiate attends will vary between 5-10 points each event.

Create a Custom Bent

Initiates are required to create a custom bent as part of the initiation process. We encourage initiates to get creative with their custom bent. Their customer bent has to be signed by at least 2 of our advisors which initiates can find here. Initiates will get bonus points for each additional advisor and officer signature. Initiates can find a list of current officers here.

Complete Getting Acquainted Quiz

Initiates are required to submit a photo and short bio of themselves to be used in the Getting Acquainted Quiz. We require initiates to take this quiz to encourage them to get to know their fellow initiates. Initiates will have a week to complete the quiz in the Tau Beta Pi Lounge.

Shine Bent

Initiates will receive a small paperweight Bent to shine. Initiates will be required to shine these Bent by hand.

Complete History Quiz

Initiates are required to take a history quiz for the Maryland Beta Chapter. All of the information initiates will need to know will be provided to them and initiates will have one week to complete the quiz in the Tau Beta Pi Lounge.

Attend Initiation

In order to become a Tau Beta Pi member, initiates have to attend initiation. If initiates do not attend the Maryland Beta initiation, then they will be required to attend another chapter's initiation if they wish to become a member.

Pay initiation fee

Initiates are required to pay the initiation fee if they wish to become a member. The fee is $98 for Maryland Beta and this is a one time fee. Once you pay and complete all of the other requirements, you will be a Tau Beta Pi member for life.


Initiate Awards

There are four awards that initiates can earn during their initiation. These awards are:

  • Best Initiate
  • Best Custom Bent
  • Shiniest Bent
  • Lounge Potato

Best Initiate

The Best Initiate Award will be given to the initiate that has the most points. This is usually accomplished by going to all or most of the events. In the event of a tie in points, the Best Initiate will be voted by all of the officers. As a reward, the initiate will have their initiation fee waived.

Best Custom Bent

The Best Custom Bent Award will be given to the initiate who has the most creative bent. This will be voted on by all of the Tau Beta Pi officers.

Shiniest Bent

The Shiniest Bent Award will be given to the initiate who has the shiniest bent. This will be voted on by all of the Tau Beta Pi officers.

Lounge Potato

This Lounge Potato Award will be given to the initiate who has spent the most time in the lounge.


If you have any questions, email tbp.initiation@eng.umd.edu