Chi Omega

Chi Omega
Chi Omega
Chi omega crest.jpg
Founded April 5, 1895 (1895-04-05) (116 years ago)
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Type Social
Mission statement

Chi Omega is an intergenerational women’s organization forever committed to our founding purposes:

  • Friendship
  • Personal integrity
  • Service to others
  • Academic excellence and intellectual pursuits
  • Community and campus involvement
  • Personal and career development
Vision statement Sisters inspired by our values who serve the world while keeping Chi Omega ever at heart
Motto Hellenic Culture and Christian Ideals


Symbol Skull and Crossbones
Flower White Carnation
Jewel Pearl, Diamond
Mascot Owl
Publication The Eleusis
Philanthropy Make-A-Wish Foundation
Chapters 174
Members 310,000+ collegiate
Psi chapter, University of Arkansas Chi Omega Chapter House, University of Arkansas.jpg
Headquarters Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Chi Omega (ΧΩ) is a women's fraternity and the largest member of the National Panhellenic Conference.[1] Chi Omega has 174 active collegiate chapters and over 230 alumnae chapters.[2] Chi Omega's national headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee.



The Founders of Chi Omega

Chi Omega was founded April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas by Dr. Charles Richardson (an initiate of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity), Ina Mae Boles, Jean Vincenheller, Jobelle Holcombe, and Alice Simonds. In 1915, Chi Omega established its executive headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, pioneering the use of office space among all national women's fraternities, before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1926. Since 1995, the Fraternity's executive headquarters has been situated on 1.5 acres (6,100 m2) in Memphis, Tennessee.

Chi Omega Sorority House at Ohio University.
The new member pin
The badge

The Fraternity's colors are Cardinal and Straw, the flower is the white carnation, the mascot is the owl, and the symbol is the skull and crossbones.

Chi Omega made the Make-A-Wish Foundation its official philanthropy in 2000.


In 1895, the six purposes of Chi Omega were established in order to preserve and enhance the values of each member. The six purposes are friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and creditable scholarship, participation in campus activities, career and personal development, and community service.


The sorority's day to day business activities are overseen by the Governing Council which consists of five elected members. Each individual chapter of Chi Omega receives at least one visit per year from a National Consultant who aids in the development of the young women. Furthermore, each chapter gets additional support from Chi Omega alumnae, national volunteers, professional staff and resource manuals.

The Eluesis

The Eleusis is the official publication of Chi Omega Fraternity. In continuous publication since 1899, its mission is to connect Chi Omegas to the national organization by promoting our common experiences, communicating the state of the Fraternity, affirming our values and purposes, highlighting our success stories, and providing resources for the development of women.

"I... make an earnest plea to my young sisters who may read these words. I urge you not to doff your interest in Chi Omega with your cap and gown but to regard your membership as something so precious that you will make of it a lifelong experience." - Ida Pace Purdue, National President 1904-1910 and First Editor of the Eleusis

Current Editor: Christine Thomas Barnicki


Notable alumnae


External links

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