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Alpha Phi
Alpha Phi Crest.png
Founded October 10, 1872 (1872-10-10) (137 years ago)
Syracuse University, (Syracuse, New York)
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Union hand in hand
Colors      Bordeaux


Symbol Ivy
Flower Lily of the Valley, Forget-me-not
Publication Quarterly
Philanthropy Alpha Phi Foundation
Chapters 170+
Mascot Phi Bear
Headquarters 1930 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Alpha Phi (ΑΦ) fraternity for women founded at Syracuse University on September 30, 1872. Its celebrated Founders Day is October 10.[citation needed] It was the third Greek-letter organization founded for women. In Alpha Phi the Greek letter Phi is pronounced "Fee". It is a common misconception that this pronunciation is because Phi follows the vowel Alpha. However, the pronunciation of Phi as "Fee" rather than "Fi" actually results from the fact that the organization adopted the Greek rather than anglicized, mainly American, pronunciation of the letter because it sounded more feminine.



The objectives of our Fraternity are the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among our members. In all that we do, we try to obey God’s principles of justice and right. We have banded ourselves together to improve our minds and hearts, and we seek to aid each other through a constant watch care always given in love. We believe ourselves to be sincere searchers for truth. We seek the highest ideal of womanhood, and we try to gain this ideal by cultivating not only the power and passion for seeking intellectual development but, also, the spirit of love and charity. And we who are thus united are under a solemn pledge to lend a helping hand to one another.

Constitution of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Incorporated, Article II

"Alpha Phi is unlike any other organization you will ever join. This is because our membership in Alpha Phi never ends. You will always remain as much a part of Alpha Phi as you are now in your collegiate chapter. The fun, friendships and the great experiences you will share in college do not have to end with graduation. Wherever life takes you and at whatever age, Alpha Phi and Alpha Phis will be there for you to add enjoyment to your days and to enrich your life (The Ivy Leaf, Introduction to Alpha Phi: An Official Publication of Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc.)."

"Alpha Phis Non-Hazing Policy As a sisterhood founded on mutal love and respect, hazing has no place in Alpha Phi. Alpha Phi International will not tolerate the mental or physical hazing or any member. Initiated members of Alpha Phi are expected to refrain from any activity considered hazing and new members are expected to refuse to be hazed. The definition and further clarification of hazing is discussed in the "Healthy Behaviors, Healthy Choices," section on page 7-11(The Ivy Leaf, Introduction to Alpha Phi: An Official Publication of Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc.)."


At the time of the founding there were only twenty women attending Syracuse; ten of them eventually joined in the formation of Alpha Phi. The organization was founded on the principles of the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among the members.


Alpha Phi's public motto is "union hand in hand".


Alpha Phi's founding members were:[1]

  • Martha Emily Foote Crow
  • Rena A. Michaels Atchison
  • Clara Bradley Baker Wheeler Burdette
  • Jane Sara Higham
  • Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens
  • Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton
  • Clara Sittser Williams
  • Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert
  • Louise Viola Shepard Hancock
  • Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults

Three of the "Original 10" became members of Phi Beta Kappa. Three were also listed in Who's Who of America.

Firsts and Facts

  • In 1886 Alpha Phi became the first women's fraternity in America to build and occupy its own chapter house.
  • In 1888, the Alpha Phi Quarterly, an award-winning magazine, was established and has been published continuously to the present day.
  • In 1894, Alpha Phi became the first women's fraternity to use "traveling delegates," now known as Educational Leadership Consultants.
  • In 1902, Alpha Phi called the inter-sorority meeting that resulted in the formation of the association now known as the National Panhellenic Conference, which then included Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, and Delta Delta Delta. This was the first intergroup organization on college campuses.
  • In 1905, Frances Willard was recognized by the U.S. Congress who placed a statue of her in Statuary Hall in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, the first woman to be so recognized.
  • In 1906, became an "International" fraternity when Xi chapter was chartered at the University of Toronto. Alpha Phi's Xi chapter is the oldest continuously active chapter in Canada. The organization is 'Celebrating 100 Years in Canada' in 2006.
  • In 1940, Frances Willard was portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp.
  • In 1995, Alpha Phi became the first NPC international/national member to have a site on the World Wide Web.
  • Alpha Phi is the third oldest national women's sorority.
  • Alpha Phi is a member of the Syracuse Triad along with Gamma Phi Beta and Alpha Gamma Delta.
  • Alpha Phi Headquarters is located in Evanston, Illinois along with the headquarters for Sigma Chi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities.

AOE: These three letters are a closely guarded secret kept in confidence by each member, and is revealed to new members following their initiation into Alpha Phi. It is common for sisters of Alpha Phi to use "AOE" when speaking with each other, since both women would understand the meaning of "AOE" to the fraternity, but a sister will never explain what "AOE" stands for and means to a non-member.

Notable alumnae

For a full list of notable Alpha Phi alumnae please visit[2]



In 1946, Alpha Phi adopted Cardiac Care and Research as their international philanthropic cause. Since 1946, Alpha Phi has donated more than $1 million to support cardiac health initiatives. Many local collegiate and alumnae chapters are supporters of and participants in the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign.

One of the Alpha Phi Foundation's programs is the Cardiac Care Award which helps to fund research and educational programs that support women's cardiac health by awarding up to a $50,000 grant to an organization making a significant contribution to Cardiac Care.

Past recipients of the Cardiac Care Award


External links



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