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Our History


Alpha Chi Omega was built by and for real, strong women. Our national organization was founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. At a time when women were just beginning to occupy seats in college classrooms, our founders were inspired to form the sixth women’s fraternity in the country. The purpose of Alpha Chi was to provide the advancement of the intellectual, social, and moral culture of its members.


Alpha Chi Omega has become a way for unique, talented, genuine women to enhance their college experience in a meaningful way. There are over 135 collegiate chapters and 200 alumnae chapters across the country. It's about strength in numbers, through the 230,000 real, strong women who stand by your side, cheer you on and lead you to a lifetime of fun, fulfillment, leadership and inspiration. Whether wearing the lyre badge with pride during a ritual ceremony, volunteering at a women’s shelter or networking with sisters across the country to land your dream job, Alpha Chi is a chance to be your real self, while surrounded by sisters who are just as unique. For more information on our national organization, please visit:


Traditions are what have connected Alpha Chi’s members for generations. Some remain rooted in our founding, like our colors and the lyre, while others have been adopted as we’ve grown and shifted. These symbols and traditions represent who we are and what we value, providing meaning to our members, and creating a bond of sisterhood that connects through time and space.

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