Phi Rho Eta Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on August 22, 1994 at Southern Illinois University. The two founders, Marvin Vinson Randolph and Lamont Brown Taylor founded the fraternity on the premise that the organization would promote the Cardinal principles of PRIDE, RESPECT, and EXCELLENCE! Our founders were raised in neighborhoods that overflowed with the social diseases of drugs, gangs, and ignorance. They believed that a brotherhood of our nature could profoundly affect communities across the nation.

Our brotherhood is a three-pronged organization that revolves around the fundamental aspects of community service, academics, and social interaction with others. We work hard to set the standard of manhood in our communities, and we understand that "Purpose without coinciding action is pointless."

The fundamental concept of a national brotherhood dedicated in purpose and action to uplifting our community is within itself extraordinary. But Phi Rho Eta reaches far beyond the systematic structure of Greek Life. We strive to set the precedent for ALL community service based organizations. Our organization incorporates a myriad of inimitable qualities that afford us the opportunity to impact our community like few organizations can.

The Beta Chapter of Phi Rho Eta was founded on September 21, 1996 at Chicago State University by Markton Cole and Maurice Gillespie.

After a brief absence Phi Rho Eta returned to the yard at Chicago State University on November 12, 2005 when Brandon Corley and Brian Reed crossed over and became members of Phi Rho Eta.