On October 10th, 1872, Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University by ten of the first women admitted to the university. These women are known as “The Original Ten” — the Founders of Alpha Phi. Finding themselves challenged in a male-dominated environment, these women sought each other’s support in following their ambitions.
Founded: October 10th, 1872 at Syracuse University
Motto: Union Hand in Hand
Symbol: Ivy leaf
Flowers: Lily of the Valley and Forget-Me-Not
Constellation: Ursa Major, the Great Bear
Mascot: the “Phi Bear”, named after the Great Bear
Colors: Silver and Bordeaux
Badge: Alpha Phi Greek letters
New Member Pin: Ivy Leaf
Philanthropy: The Alpha Phi Foundation
Purpose: “The objects 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 watchcare always given in love. We believe in 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, Inc., Article II.