It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolism that today bind over 260,000 women. This small band of women founded Chi Omega after realizing a need for an organization that would foster both friendship and respect for the potential and inherent value of women. Over the years, Chi Omega has provided its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship, and lifelong friendship -- striving to provide each sister with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, intergenerational participation, community service, leadership opportunities, and social enrichment.

Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternal organization, with over 320,000 initiates, 178 collegiate chapters, and over 240 alumnae chapters. Throughout Chi Omega's long and proud history, the Fraternity has brought its members equaled opportunities for personal growth and development.



In 1913, the Pi Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega was established at the University of Cincinnati on Christmas Eve. Ever since, we strive to live out Chi Omega's six purposes each and every day -- friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and creditable scholarship, participation in campus activities, career development, and community service. 

To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances; to be in the best sense, democratic rather than “exclusive”, and lovable rather than “popular”; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.

Written by Ethel Switzer Howard, Xi Chapter, 1904




Hi everyone! My name is Kate Harty  and I am the president of the Chi Omega Pi Alpha chapter at University of Cincinnati. Thank you for checking out our website! I hope this gives you a glimpse into what it means to be a Chi Omega! The Pi Alpha chapter is composed of the most vibrant, genuine and loyal women that I am proud to call my sisters. My hope for you is that you find your own vibrant, genuine and loyal friends and I hope that it is with us.

As a Pi Alpha, you have the ability to meet girls of all different ages, majors, backgrounds and personalities that all share similar values as expressed in our Symphony (check it out above!). This diversity is what I truly believe is our strength. It never ceases to amaze me the kind of support I receive from so many different girls. I live with three Chi O’s who are my very best friends, have fifth-year friends that have been such role models for me, and have girls from the 2020 pledge class who inspire me every day.  You can have this support system too- 150 women that you can always reach out to, even if you’ve never spoken before. 

While walking into the red front door of the little yellow Chi O cottage on Bid Day, I knew my experience would be special, little did I know just how special not only my experiences but also my friendships really would be. I am forever grateful to be able to experience my college years and beyond with the women in this organization. They have been my strongest support system throughout my time at college. From hyping me up for my accomplishments to giving me the biggest hug after a disappointment, we celebrate the highs and support each other through the lows of life. Having a support system like this and such amazing friends to go through life with is a true blessing and I am so thankful for Chi O for giving me just that.


I know that the relationships I have built and the experiences I’ve had will serve me well beyond college. I cannot wait for you to experience something similar and understand what all of the hype is around being a Chi Omega. If you are a current member, hey:), and if you are a prospective member please reach out! We cannot wait to meet you!


Loyally in Chi Omega,