Our Story
It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four young 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.

  • Founding Date: April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas.
    • Chi Gamma Founding Date: December 29, 1923
  • First Chapter Name: Psi Chapter.
  • Founding Members: 5 founders - 14 original members.
  • From the beginning, Chi Omega's leaders had the foresight to create a national organization.
  • The founders wore ribbons tied together on their blouses to tease the boys. The colors of the ribbons were olive and crushed plum. Why? Because they were the ugliest colors the founders put together!
  • Dr. Richardson crafted the pin out of dental gold.
  • Chi Omega was founded on Six Purposes.