Alpha Phis cherish life-long friendships rooted in kindness, love, and respect for one another. We believe in the concept of Watchcare - a tenet of our sisterhood which encourages support of one another through the good times and the bad, whether helping one another with academics or providing much needed support during a rough time.


Alpha Phi supports those in need through service and philanthropy. Alpha Phis share a passion for helping one another and their surrounding communities. Alpha Phi Foundation is one of the oldest Greek foundations and works to raise awareness and funds in support of women's heart health.


Alpha Phis are members for a lifetime. We learn the value of loyalty and being true to each other and to our common ideals. Members continue to be devoted and connected sisters throughout college and beyond. They believe in stewardship and paying it forward such that those that come after them benefit from their legacy and the difference they made.

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Alpha Phi values each member's passion for education, knowledge and achievement. Our founders were ten of the first twenty women admitted to Syracuse University in 1872 and they had the courage to persevere to earn a college education despite societal expectations at the time.


Alpha Phis lead by example and strive for continuous, innovative improvement. Since her inception, Alpha Phi has been a leader in the Greek community. Alpha Phi's founders encouraged one another to think, invent and improve. This pioneering spirit can be seen throughout Alpha Phi history and today.


Alpha Phi fosters the qualities of strong character that distinguish our members and our sisterhood, including compassion, integrity and sincerity. In Alpha Phi, all members learn to lead by example through their actions and communication. They set expectations high for themselves and each other, and strive diligently to meet them.

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Our 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.​

The History of Alpha Phi

​Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 by ten women.  They hoped to create a "social center, a place of conference, a tie which should unite a circle of friends who could sympathize with one another in their perplexities."

On September 18, 1872, these ten women initiated themselves, plus nine other women into the Alpha Phi Fraternity. Since then, our sisterhood has grown to include over 150 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Alpha Phi continues to exist today because of the vision and ideals held by these ten exceptional women who created such a strong foundation of sisterhood. ​​

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