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Alpha Chi Omega History

Alpha Chi Omega 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, seven female students were encouraged by Professor James Hamilton Howe, dean of DePauw’s School of Music, to form a women’s society within the school.

Inspired, our Founders formed the 10th women’s fraternity in the country—the first to be in a music school. Sure they would be the last, the Founders chose "Alpha" and "Omega"—the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet—to form their name, with “Kai” (meaning “and”) in the middle, later changed to the Greek letter "Chi."

Dedicated to advancing “the intellectual, social and moral culture” of its members, our Founders’ vision has grown to include our women’s Fraternity, the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, the National Housing Corporation, and Pearl Stone Partners. Together, they serve more than 230,000 members in more than 140 collegiate chapters and nearly 200 alumnae chapters nationwide.


Zeta Nu Chapter History

The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was founded at Texas A&M University on May 8, 1981. Currently, the Zeta Nu chapter has over 300 active Real. Strong. Women. 


The Alpha Chi Omega House located at 1505 Olympia Way was built in 1988 and has been updated multiple times over the years including our latest renovation installed in 2022.


Symbols & Traditions

Brand Tagline:

Real. Strong. Women.®

Open motto:

“Together let us seek the heights.”

Patron goddess:

Hera, guardian of women


Domestic violence awareness, prevention and education.


Grecian lyre, reflecting our musical heritage


Scarlet and olive green


Red carnation

Coat of Arms:

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