Not only was Chi Omega the first women's fraternal organization to charter at UNC Chapel Hill, but it is also the largest women's fraternal organization in the country! This means when you become a Chi Omega you are joining over 362,000 other women who have the shared experience of participating in and adhering to the traditions and teachings of the Chi Omega sisterhood.
This organization insists that its members adhere to high standards of academic, moral and character excellence. We stress the importance in participation in activities outside of the sorority in order to ensure our members are well-rounded people whom engage with others to develop outside interests in order to be exposed to different points of view. By contributing to the larger world we demonstrate the Chi Omega makes a difference in the lives of women.
Our Long and Proud History
Our Founding: Determined to have the same sense of belonging and status the fraternity men enjoyed, one small band of young women established the secrets, symbolism and rites that today bind together over 362,000 women from over 180 campuses and in more than 243 alumnae chapters.
Founding Date: April 5, 1895 a the University of Arkansas
First Chapter Name: Psi Chapter
Founding Members: 5 founders - 14 original members
Our Crest: Chi Omega's Crest was adopted in 1902. Centered on the crest is the white carnation, with the Chi to the left and the Omega to the right of the flower. Above these symbols are both the skull and crossbones and the owl. Beneath the carnation are the five letters, Rho, Beta, Upsilon, Eta and Sigma. A laurel wreath, used by ancient Greeks to honor scholars and heroes, surrounds all of the emblems known and loved by Chi Omegas.
Our Colors: Cardinal and Straw
Our Flower: White Carnation
Our Symbols: The Owl and the Skull with crossbones