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Alpha Chi Omega was founded in 1885 at DePauw University by seven female students of the music school: Anna Smith, Olivia Clark, Bertha Cunningham, Amy Reith, Nellie Childe, Bessie Keenan, and Estelle Leonard.


Our colors are scarlet red and olive green, reminiscent of the autumn leaves during the season when the organization was founded.


The lyre, which is the Grecian instrument of the Gods on Mt. Olympus, is our official symbol and reflects Alpha Chi Omega's musical heritage.


The UCSB Delta Psi Chapter was chartered on December 4, 1965. Alpha Chi collegiate chapters and colonies can be found on more than 130 campuses throughout the United States. With over 200 alumnae chapters, and more than 180,000 initiated members nationwide, Alpha Chi Omega is truly about creating lifelong friendships. It is through Alpha Chi Omega that we share such strong bonds and memories that will forever shape the outcome of our lives.



Being an Alpha Chi means being apart of a four-year collegiate educational and leadership organization that complements and enhances one's overall college experience. It means gaining life-long memories, lessons and opportunities, while being surrounded by real, strong women.


Our goals as an organization is to encourage each member to seek their full potential academically, socially, and professionally by participating in philanthropic endeavors and sharing love and support with each member. 

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