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 330,000 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. Today, Chi Omega has grown to 181 chapters and is the largest women's fraternal organization in the world.
The Mu chapter of Chi Omega was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1902, as the first Chi Omega chapter on the west coast. Cal Chi Omegas are active, well-rounded young women; our chapter includes Cal dancers, D-1 athletes, Dean’s list scholars, campus tour guides, members of pre-law and pre-med fraternities, club sports players, musicians, Order of Omega members, Panhellenic executive board members, and dedicated students who have continued to rank highest in grade point average among Panhellenic women. It's safe to say, we do it all.
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.
Please visit our national website at www.chiomega.com to learn more about the Chi Omega Fraternity!
THE CHI OMEGA SYMPHONY
“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.”
Ethel Switzer Howard
Xi Chapter 1904