Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University in Indiana, when Professor James Hamilton Howe set out to form an all-women music fraternity. The fraternity’s six founders were women in the School of Music: Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms, and Estelle Leonard.” Together, they formed Alpha Chi Omega, with an objective to “attain the highest musical culture and to cultivate those principles that embody true womanhood.”
While our sorority is no longer an exclusively music-themed society, we still enjoy showing our appreciation for the arts. Additionally, our history in music is reflected in many of our traditions.
Alpha Chi Omega’s colors are scarlet red and olive green, which were inspired by the colors of autumn trees to commemorate the season in which we were founded. Our open motto reads: “Together let us seek the heights.”
Gamma Chapter was founded on November 14, 1890 as the third chapter of Alpha Chi Omega nationwide. Our house was built in 1927 as part of the first Northwestern women’s quadrangle. We have enjoyed over 125 years of sisterhood, scholarship, and service on the Northwestern campus!