Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas, our 5 founders envisioned a sorority in which it’s members would find unequaled opportunities for personal growth and lifelong sisterhood. Nationally, Chi Omega is the largest sorority in the world with over 345,000 initiated sisters, 180 collegiate chapters and 244 alumnae chapters. With a network of sisters this big, you know that no matter where you go, sisters will be near. Chi Omega has served more than 1 million hours and donated more than $19,000,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Chi Omega's national slogan is "Sisters on purpose", demonstrating our deep rooted desire to be intentional and authentic in our words, actions, and friendships.
“However magnificent Chi Omega’s purposes, realization of them is determined by the ability of the individual members. Each individual’s resourcefulness is in proportion to the strength of the desire to succeed, guided by intelligence.”
– Mary Love Collins, Chi Omega National President, 1910-1952
Chi Omega’s crest was adopted in 1902.
Centered on the crest is the white carnation, with the Chi to the left and the Omega to the right of the flower. Above these symbols are both the skull and crossbones and the owl. Beneath the carnation are the five letters, Rho, Beta, Upsilon, Eta and Sigma. A laurel wreath, used by ancient Greeks to honor scholars and heroes, surrounds all of the emblems known and loved by Chi Omegas.
At Convention in 1906, the Chi Omega badge was standardized and the types of stones allowed were limited to only pearls or diamonds.
“Our badge represents the pride and honor that members feel as representatives of our Fraternity.”
-National Archivist Lyn Harris