A Brief History
"Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement"
Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. This international women’s fraternity enhances and promotes each member's development and learning by focusing on sisterhood, service, scholarship, leadership, loyalty and character development. Alpha Phi is one of the largest women’s fraternal organizations in the world, with over 200,000 initiated members, 159 collegiate chapters and two colonies.
Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University by ten of the first nineteen women admitted to the newly opened university. The Original Ten, the founders of Alpha Phi, were women of courageous vision and pioneering hearts. Pursuing their studies in a largely male-dominated university, these women yearned for a circle of friends who could sympathize with each other’s’ troubles and support each other’s' ambitions. On September 18, 1872, these ten women initiated themselves into Alpha Phi.