national history

Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885, at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

The Dean of the Music School invited seven young women from the school to attend a meeting for the purpose

of forming a society. The seven young women chosen to attend this first meeting were Anna Allen, Olive Burnett,

Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard. They wanted to form an

organization that would provide both close companionship and support to its members. Our founders chose the name

Alpha Chi Omega to show that we would forever be the first and last musical sorority, as Alpha is the first letter

of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. Although founded as a musical sorority, Alpha Chi Omega is

now open to all undergraduate female students meeting our National Membership Criteria.