Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity was founded at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York on January
2, 1897. The four founders of AOII were very different, amazing women. Stella George Stern Perry, Helen St. Clair Mullan,
Elizabeth (Bess) Heywood Wyman, and Jessie Wallace Hughan founded Alpha Omicron Pi as a way to continue their friendship throughout
their lives. After its founding, Alpha Chapter at Barnard began to flourish. The fraternity became national with the installation
of Pi Chapter at Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans on September 8, 1898. The 4th chapter, Omicron
Chapter at the University of Tennessee, founded in 1902, is the oldest remaining active chapter. To this day, Alpha Omicron
Pi has chartered 178 collegiate chapters, and over 320 alumnae chapters located throughout the United States and Canada. Since
1897, over 126,000 women have found fun and friendship in the sisterhood of AOII.
Symbols and Purpose
The Object of Alpha Omicron Pi:
The object of the Fraternity shall be to encourage a
spirit of Fraternity and love among its members; to stand at all times for character, dignity, scholarship, and college loyalty;
to strive for and support the best interest of the colleges and universities in which chapters are installed, and in no way
to disregard, injure, or sacrifice those interests for the sake of prestige or advancement of the Fraternity or any of its
Open Motto of Alpha Omicron Pi:
One Motto, One Badge, One Bond, and Singleness of Heart.
Alpha Omicron Pi has only one color, cardinal.
The Jacqueminot Rose , a deep red rose, was chosen as the flower of Alpha Omicron Pi because
it is the only rose without thorns.
Alpha Omicron Pi has only one jewel, the ruby.
The sheaf of wheat indicates usefullness at harvest, and the bond shared by the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi.
While the Panda is not an official symbol, we consider the Panda to be our mascot. The panda has no natural enemies.
Because we consider ourselves to be of Greek heritage, rather than Medieval or Masonic, we do not have a crest.
The new member badge consists of a sheaf of wheat bound by the letters "AOII." Membership badges contain the superimposed
letters A, O, and II, with a ruby in the apex of the A.
"Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women's fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime,
inspiring academic excellence and lifetime learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and
Our goal is to be the most forward thinking organization, addressing issues relevant to women and society