Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on October 15, 1885. Its seven founders, who were all music students, sought "friendship, artistic society and advancement of the 'principles of true womanhood.'" Today, Alpha Chi Omega has over 200, 000 members nationally with over 135 collegiate chapters and 200 alumnae chapters.
At Alpha Chi Omega, sisterhood is fostered early on and lasts beyond our time at Cornell. During new member period, the newest pledge class is encouraged to participate in weekly activities and sisterhood bonding such as philanthropy events, an annual sleepover, ice skating, snow-tubing, and much more to get to know each other and the rest of the house. At the end of new member period, each new member is matched with a big sister and is welcomed into the lineage with a week full of gifts and activities before the big sisters reveal themselves! Our lineages at Alpha Chi Omega are particularly strong, and we continue to stay in touch with our bigs, big bigs, and beyond.
Being role models for each other, keeping up with other clubs and activities, and being students at an Ivy-League institution can be tiring, and we understand how important it is to unwind. Here at Alpha Chi, we have fun social events every semester to keep our sisters smiling. We have date nights, formals, "crush" events, and fun philanthropy events. We like to dress up and take part in themed-activities, ranging from USA to disco to Mardi Gras -- there's never a dull moment!