It is a national women’s organization founded on October 15, 1885, at DePauw University and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Alpha Chi Omega became a member of the National Panhellenic Conference in 1903.
Since the founders started the first fraternity in the School of Music and thought it might be the last such fraternity, they chose Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega, the last Greek alphabet to form the name. “Kai”, which means end, was chosen as the middle word, which was later replaced with “Chi”, this is also a letter of the Greek alphabet.
Alpha Chi Omega is a group of talented women who take pride in sisterhood and support other women in meeting their goals and pursuing their interests. It helps women reach their potential, enrich their college experience, and forge bonds that extend into their alumnae life.
The passionate and talented women are committed to the growth and empowerment of their community.
Symbols and Traditions of Alpha Chi Omega
The brand tagline is Real. Strong. Women. The motto of Alpha Chi Omega is “Together let us seek the heights”. The Patron Goddess of Alpha Chi Omega is Hera, guardian of women. The flower is the red carnation. Domestic violence awareness, prevention and education is philanthropy. The badge is a Grecian lyre, reflecting musical heritage. The colors of Alpha Chi Omega are scarlet and olive green.
What are the requirements to join Alpha Chi Omega
Any potential member who meets the college/university requirements and the membership standards mentioned in the policies of Alpha Chi Omega can join Alpha Chi Omega. The women must be a full-time student.
The academic requirements differ from college/university to college/university. A minimum of 2.9 GPA is required to become a member of Alpha Chi Omega.
The membership standards that must be met are academic interest, good character, financial responsibility, leadership abilities and personal development.
How can I join Alpha Chi Omega
There are two ways in which collegiate women can join Alpha Chi Omega. These are formal recruitment and continuous open bidding.
Formal recruitment: the recruitment is done at colleges and universities where Alpha Chi Omega has established chapters. Every college and university has its own formal recruitment dates and registration procedure.
Continuous Open Bidding: new members are also recruited through continuous open bidding. In this process, the organization recruits prospective in casual settings such as campus activities or other events. It is a less formal process where the organization considers the young women recommended by its current members.
How much it costs to pledge Alpha Chi Omega
There are two types of fees: the individual fee and the second is national fees. The major part of individual costs includes meals, housing, dues and programming, and it differs from school to school. Other than individual fees, members need to pay national dues and fees.
The current national dues and fees are as follows
One-time New Member Dues and Fees:
- National new member fees– $199
- Sisterhood Packet- $23
- New initiate bond card and certificate- $8
- Badge fee (minimum cost)- $158
Annual Collegiate Dues and Fees:
- The national dues and fees- $215
Alpha Chi Omega dues per semester:
The cost to join Alpha Chi Omega depends on each chapter location and member.
|New Member 1st Semester||New Member 2nd Semester||Active Member. Living in-House||Active Member Living out-of-house|
|Total fee per semester||$1117||$887||$5237||$887|
Alpha Chi Omega also offers scholarships and grants to some students, but the availability of scholarship and grants vary on a yearly basis.