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Get to Know A Phi!

The sisterhood of Alpha Phi stretches from coast to coast through 170 collegiate campuses and more than 200,000 members.  Sisters share a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to help one another and their communities.  Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors and lifetime members of a sisterhood that values these traits. 

VALUES

Sisterhood

that lasts a lifetime

Alpha Phis cherish life-long friendships rooted in kindness, love, and respect for one another. We believe in the concept of Watchcare - a tenet of our sisterhood which encourages support of one another through the good times and the bad, whether helping one another with academics or providing much-needed support during a rough time.

the common bond of

Scholarship

Alpha Phi values each member's passion for education, knowledge and achievement. Our founders were ten of the first twenty women admitted to Syracuse University in 1872 and they had the courage to persevere to earn a college education despite societal expectations at the time.

Service

hand to hand and heart to heart

Alpha Phi supports those in need through service and philanthropy. Alpha Phis share a passion for helping one another and their surrounding communities. Alpha Phi Foundation is one of the oldest Greek foundations and works to raise awareness and funds in support of women's heart health. 

pioneering

Leadership

Alpha Phis lead by example and strive for continuous, innovative improvement. Since her inception, Alpha Phi has been a leader in the Greek community. Alpha Phi's founders encouraged one another to think, invent and improve. This pioneering spirit can be seen throughout Alpha Phi history and today - in our founding, our development of new chapters and our willingness to be an innovator as exemplified by our many "firsts".

the bond of

Loyalty

Alpha Phis are members for a lifetime. We learn the value of loyalty and being true to each other and to our common ideals. Members continue to be devoted and connected sisters throughout college and beyond. They believe in stewardship and paying it forward such that those that come after them benefit from their legacy and the difference they made.

high expectations for

Character

Alpha Phi fosters the qualities of strong character that distinguish our members and our sisterhood, including compassion, integrity, and sincerity. In Alpha Phi, all members learn to lead by example through their actions and communication. They set expectations high for themselves and each other and strive diligently to meet them.

Facts

FRATERNITY FOUNDED:

1872

DELTA TAU CHAPTER FOUNDED:

2013

MOTTO:

UNION HAND IN HAND

COLORS:

SILVER AND BORDEAUX

FRATERNITY CREST

The Fraternity Crest is the Alpha Phi coat-of-arms, adopted by Convention delegates in 1922. The meaning of the symbols depicted on the crest is a significant part of the ritual witnessed at initiation.

 CONSTELLATION

The Fraternity constellation is Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This symbol can be seen on the Alpha Phi crest and is displayed on the ceiling of the Alpha Phi Executive Office in Evanston, Illinois.

ALPHA PHI BADGE

Alpha Phi was the first women's organization to use Greek letters as an emblem. Inscribed in black on the symbol Phi are the letters a, o, e. The meaning of these letters is reserved for the initiation ceremony.

 

PHILANTHROPY

Alpha Phi has developed its own foundation which partners with the American Heart Association to fight for women's heart health. 

SYMBOL

The symbol of Alpha Phi is the ivy leaf. An ever-growing vine, the ivy symbolizes the growth of the Alpha Phi sisterhood.

The flowers of Alpha Phi are the fragrant lily of the valley and the blue and gold forget-me-not. 

FRATERNITY FLOWERS

NEW MEMBER PIN

In 1898 the Fraternity adopted a special badge to honor her newest members. The badge they selected is in the shape of an ivy leaf, set in silver pewter.