Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Our seven founders - Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard – were music students who sought “friendship, artistic society and advancement of the principles of true womanhood.”
The flower of Alpha Chi Omega is the carnation.
The colors of the organization are scarlet red and olive green.
The five membership standards are as follows: 1. Academic Interest 2. Character 3. Financial Responsibility 4. Leadership Ability 5. Personal Development
Our Badge: According to Greek mythology, the lyre was the first musical instrument played by the gods on Mount Olympus. The jeweled golden lyre is adorned with pearls and worn by initiated members.
Today, there are more than 200,000 members of Alpha Chi Omega in more than 130 collegiate chapters and 200 alumnae chapters nationwide.
The heritage and traditions shared in our sisterhood for more than 125 years brings members together in sisterhood. Special days include:
Founders' Day – Sisters gather on October 15 of each year to recognize the Fraternity's fall founding at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. On Founders' Day, members wear their badges, along with scarlet and olive green ribbons.
Hera Day – On March 1 of each year, members recognize the Fraternity's commitment to helping others by conducting service projects and offering assistance to others.
Chapter Founders' Days – Each collegiate chapter recognizes its founding anniversary annually.