Our Story

The Zeta Phi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was founded at Cornell in 1984 with 55 women. Over the past thirty years, the Zeta Phi chapter has flourished from its humble beginnings to its status as one of the most eminent sororities on Cornell's campus - an organization in which academic excellence, community involvementleadership, and strong sisterhood of women supporting women are exemplified through its 150 members. The Zeta Phi chapter is the oldest of the four Ivy League chapters of Alpha Chi Omega.

A Letter From The President

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Nicole Estess

2020 Chapter President
As someone who was never set on going through recruitment, joining Alpha Chi Omega was one of the best decisions I have made during my time at Cornell. I’ve met some of my best friends in Alpha Chi Omega, and I feel so lucky to be able to call this group of incredible, passionate, and genuine women my sisters. Alpha Chi Omega is a network that both supports the academic and personal development of our members and works to support the community through service. Our motto, “Together let us seek the heights,” reflects our ambition, determination, and lifelong friendships.
Joining Greek life has impacted my life in such a positive way. I’ve met women from all backgrounds and walks of life, and learned so much about how different the paths we travel to Cornell can be. Alpha Chi Omega has given me some of my best friends, and has helped me grow both as a person and as a leader. Alpha Chi Omega has been my support system over the past three years, and I look forward to making more incredible memories everyday with my sisters, best friends, and role models!

Fast Facts

Our Values
financial responsibility 
personal development 
academic interest 
Our Colors 
scarlet red
olive green 
Our Symbols
red carnation


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