Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University by ten of the first nineteen women admitted to the newly-opened university. These ten women with “brave hearts were filled with a noble purpose and eyes that saw clearly into the future.” These were the Original Ten, the Founders of Alpha Phi. Pursuing their studies in a thoroughly male-dominated environment, these women had a pressing need for friends who could sympathize with each others problems and support each others aspirations. On September 18, 1872, these ten women initiated themselves into Alpha Phi.


The objectives of our Fraternity are the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among our members.]

In all that we do, we try to obey God’s principles of justice and right. We have banded ourselves together to improve our minds and hearts, and we seek to aid each other through a constant watch care always given in love. We believe ourselves to be sincere searchers for truth.  We seek the highest ideal of womanhood, and we try to gain this ideal by cultivating not only the power and passion for seeking intellectual development but, also, the spirit of love and charity. And we who are thus united are under a solemn pledge to lend a helping hand to one another.]

‐ Constitution of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Incorporated, Article II

Quick Facts:

  • Founded: Oct. 10, 1872, at Syracuse University
  • Motto:  Union Hand in Hand
  • Flowers: Lily of the Valley and Forget-Me-Not
  • Symbol: Ivy leaf
  • Colors: Silver and Bordeaux
  • Badge: Alpha Phi Greek letters
  • New Member Pin: Ivy Leaf
  • Philanthropy: Alpha Phi Foundation for Heart Disease Research and Kristy Bergener Foundation for Kidney Cancer Research
  • Famous Alpha Phis:  Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Deborah Lippmann, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Self Publisher Kimberly Kelleher