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Washington Unversity in St. Louis
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63105

Friendship is what binds us to each other and to our Fraternity.  The friendships we develop in Chi Omega give us a home across geography and generations and give us lasting support throughout our lives.


Membership in Chi Omega is for a lifetime. Our network of Sisters and the spirit of Chi Omega are a home wherever you are. We invite you to connect!

When does Formal Recruitment take place?

WashU's formal sorority recruitment takes place in January. For more information on joining Greek life at WashU check out the following link:

What is a Recruitment Information Form (RIF)?

A Recruitment Information Form (RIF) allows a Chi Omega alumna in good standing to recommend an outstanding young woman for membership. Information provided on the RIF is considered during the chapter's pre-screening process and during member selection sessions.

Where can I submit a RIF?

A RIF can be submitted electronically at Digital copies are both heavily encouraged and preferred. If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact our Recruitment Chair, Nicole Joison at 

Who is a Chi Omega legacy?

Chi Omega defines a legacy as a sister or a daughter of a Chi Omega in good standing. Granddaughters, cousins, and nieces of Chi Omegas have close ties, but are not considered to be legacies. Someone whose sister and mother are both Chi Omegas may be referred to as a double legacy. 
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.

The Fraternity's Five Founders were Jobelle Holcombe, Jean Vincenheller, Ina May Boles, Alice Simonds, and Dr. Charles Richardson, a regent of the University and a national officer of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Dr. Richardson, a dentist by trade, crafted the first badge out of dental gold.

The six purposes of Chi Omega were established in order to preserve and enhance the values of each member:
  • Friendship
  • High Standards of Personnel
  • Sincere Learning and Credible Scholarship
  • Participation in Campus Activities
  • Career Development
  • Community Service

The Chi Omega Symphony was written in 1909 by Ethel Switzer Howard, a pledge of Xi Chapter at Northwestern University. She wrote the poem in preparation for her initiation and felt that the words exemplified goals to which every Chi Omega aspires.

Today, Chi Omega is the largest women fraternal organization in the world with over 300,000 initiates and 171 collegiate chapters. 

Chi Omega's symbols are a visual representation of our purposes and ideals.

Our Symbols:

                                                                                These symbols include:

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                                          The Crest                                                                            The Owl
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                              The Skull and Crossbones                                                   The White Carnation

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                          The colors Cardinal and Straw                                             The letters Chi and Omega


                                                                               The Badge (pin)

The Tau Mu chapter of Chi Omega was installed at WashU on November 15, 2003. Since then, our chapter has grown to over 125 active members and is among the largest Chi Omega chapters in the country. Our sisters are well-rounded women who value the importance of scholarship, philanthropy, social involvement, and sisterhood. Chi Omegas are involved in over 200 different student organizations at Washington University, and they are leaders both in the Greek community and on campus.

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Chi Omega is FUN! Every year, over 5,000 young women across America join the largest women’s fraternity in the world for sisterhood and lifelong friendships.

For more information regarding our recruitment process please read our "join" section.

Community Service means that we want to make a difference on our campuses and in our communities.  We know that giving back to others unselfishly makes the world a better place and makes us better people.   Serving and giving helps to connect us.

In addition to our national philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chi Omegas also actively participate in charitable events organized by other student groups throughout the entire year.

 We host Wash U's Rent-a-Pet fundraiser, where students and community members could donate money in order to spend time with dogs. The event is held multiple times during the year in order to support various causes including Make-A-Wish and Thurtene. Chi Omegas also participate in Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society. Our sisters can be seen both walking the track and behind the scenes throughout the event!  Chi Omegas are also enthusiastic participants of Dance Marathon, an all-night dance party that raises money for the Children's Miracle Network. Dance Marathon 2012 raised over $128,500 for Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Chi Omegas are proud to say that we were the number one fundraising sorority at the 2012 St. Louis Area Dance Marathon! 

ThurtenE Carnival, hosted by ThurtenE Junior Honorary, is an incredible community carnival that brings together over 50 student groups in a fun, entertaining event for the greater St. Louis community. Proceeds from the carnival benefit local charities. Each year, Greek chapters design and build unique facades as well as write and perform original plays during the carnival. Chi Omega has partnered with Beta Theta Pi fraternity for the past six carnivals. In 2012 Chi O-Beta won the highest honor available, the Burmeister Cup with our summer camp themed facade! For our library facade in 2011 we won Best Construction. In 2006 and 2010 our Egyptian-theme and Time Machine plays were named Best Production. In 2007, we received the Green Award for being the most environmentally-friendly group at the Carnival, and in 2009 we won the Spirit Award for our unending enthusiasm for the event!

Chi Omega also supports other Greeks in their philanthropy events, which include:
  • AEPhi Phi Pheast 
  • Alpha Phi's Phi Ball
  • Alpha Omicron Pi's Strike Out Arthritis
  • Delta Gamma Anchor Splash
  • Kappa Karaoke
  • Pi Phi Down 'n Dirty
  • Beta 4Square
  • Phi Delta Theta ALS Run for Your Life
  • SigEp Self-Defense
  • Sigma Chi Derby Days
  • Sigma Nu Knockout Tournament
  • ZBT Get on the Ball
Last year, we were the top scoring sorority in Kappa Karaoke for the 5th year in a row! In addition we took first place in AOPi's Strike Out Arthritis Week and PiPhi's philanthropy. This past spring, we also won Delta Gamma's Anchor Splash for the seventh time! Way to go ladies!!

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We hope that this website will give you a glimpse of our chapter and what it means to flourish as part of our sisterhood. The memories we share and the relationships we develop and strengthen during our years together are the foundations for our strong sisterhood.