Beta Upsilon Chi was formed at The University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 1985 by a handful of Christian men who desired an alternative to the present fraternal lifestyle. A group of Christian men met and planned the “BYX Island Party” to formally announce the fraternity’s founding. It was the vision of the founding fathers to have a fraternity of committed Christian men, based on the unique brotherhood that a Christian atmosphere affords, for the purpose of fellowship and glorification of Jesus Christ. Through such events as parties, service projects, and evangelical outreaches, the charter members of Beta Upsilon Chi chose to unite in fellowship and glorify Jesus Christ on the University of Texas campus.
In the fall of 1988, six students of TCU got together to pray and decided they needed a similar group to the one at the University of Texas where Christian men could come together under the common bond of Jesus Christ. They elected officers, and petitioned signatures to find if there was an interest at TCU for such a group. There was, so they began having weekly meetings beginning in the spring of 1989. Their first official event was an Island Party that spring. After the party, the founders of the UT group and the officers of the UT and TCU groups met in Dallas where the Beta Chapter was officially elected in. BYX was finally recognized by TCU in the fall of 1989. There were 46 charter members.