Alpha Chi Omega

Indiana University


The History of Our Chapter

Alpha Chi Omega entered Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, April 21, 1922, with the installation of the Alpha Mu chapter as the third Indiana chapter. In 1854 the university admitted its first woman student at a time when no other state university had adopted a system of co-education. The local group, Sigma Beta Upsilon, was organized in 1920 for the purpose of petitioning a national fraternity, and Alpha Chi Omega was preferred; the aim of the group was to be the highest in scholarship, character, and leadership in campus activities. In November, 1921, Mrs. Bennett made the group a three-day visit, and in January, 1922, permission was granted for the formal petitioning.

The History of Our Organization

In the fall of 1885, Professor James Hamilton Howe, Dean of the Music School at DePauw University, invited seven young women from the school to attend a meeting for the purpose of forming a society. The seven young women chosen to attend this first meeting were Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard. Their desire was to form an organization that would provide both close companionship and support to its members. Their friend and associate, James G. Campbell, an undergraduate member of Beta Theta Pi who acted as librarian for the school of music offered a suggestion that they form a fraternity. They believed that such a group would benefit the students, the university, and the musical arts.

Our Symbols

Alpha Chi Omega's colors of scarlet and olive green were chosen to commemorate the autumn founding of their Fraternity. The flower of Alpha Chi Omega is the red carnation, exemplifying the colors of the Fraternity. Alpha Chi Omega's open motto: "Together let us seek the heights." The design that appealed most to the Founders was a replica of the harp because it seemed in keeping with their musical interests.


Through the generous support of members, families and friends, the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation offers scholarships and grants to individuals and organizations in several categories. If you’re a member in good standing, you’re eligible to apply.