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The History

Chi Omega is the largest women’s fraternal organization in the world with over 380,000 initiates! One in four sorority women is a Chi Omega. Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas, Chi Omega has grown to 181 collegiate chapters, including our very own Alpha Beta chapter.

   When Chi Omega was first organized at Auburn (Alabama Polytechnic Institute) in 1921, only 36 women attended A.P.I. They lived in Smith Hall and in boarding houses throughout town. Four women created a local club called Sigma Beta Delta and set out to join a national fraternity. With their eyes set on Chi Omega, the four enlisted the help of Christelle Ferguson to become an affiliated chapter. On September 9, 1923, Alpha Beta of Chi Omega received its charter with seven original members. We look forward to continuing our tradition

“to be womanly always and discouraged never” and celebrating our 100th year on Auburn’s campus!


Chi Omega Facts

FOUNDED: April 5, 1895 - University of Arkansas


FLOWER: White Carnation

SYMBOL: Skull + Crossbones

COLORS: Cardinal + Straw

PHILANTHROPY: Make-A-Wish Foundation

MOTTO: Hellenic Culture + Christian Ideals


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