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Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity (AOII) was founded on January 2, 1897 at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. The ideals of sincerity, service, and friendship provide the foundation for AOII. As one of our founders Stella George Stern Perry explained, "We cared so profoundly for one another that we unconsciously desired a society based upon original feeling... We felt that as love never faileth, a future on that foundation was assured."

With more than 196,000 initiated members from more than 200 collegiate chapters, the values on which AOII was founded help lead us in the decisions we make and the behaviors we exhibit in our daily lives. We are inspired to promote the values of simplicity, integrity, tolerance, generosity, personal dignity, and love. Our lives are to be living symbols of these values that we hold in common. They enable us to go with character and confidence into the world around us, with assurance in knowing AOII is ours, offering friendships and opportunities throughout our lifetime.

AOII is guided by The Object of the Fraternity and our Culture Principles.

The Object of the Fraternity

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 interests 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 the prestige or advancement of the Fraternity or any of its chapters.

Our Culture Principles

AOII believes in a fraternal culture based on our values, and our Culture Principles were developed to provide our membership with a compass to help all members achieve the meaning of Fraternity in our Ritual. Our Culture Principles are: Accountability and Ownership, Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, and Open and Honest Communication.

Alpha Omicron Pi's

Alumna Programs

As a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, there are countless opportunities to stay involved throughout your lifetime. Read the following descriptions and visit the AOII website for more information about these programs.

Alumnae Chapters

AOII has over 150 alumnae chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Once an alumna becomes a member of an alumnae chapter there are numerous opportunities to make new friends, get involved in philanthropic activities, network with other AOIIs, discover new interests, support the Fraternity and community, and have fun. Each alumnae chapter sets its own programming calendar and determines their annual fees for membership. Fees typically range from $50-$60 annually.

Alumnae Dues

AOII’s alumnae dues program was created to continue consistently advance the Fraternity by offering an unparalleled membership experience for our members.

Alumnae dues make it possible for the Fraternity to provide programs that benefit our members. By supporting the alumnae dues program, you champion Alpha Omicron Pi’s vision to inspire ambition among our members through giving in a meaningful way.

Alumnae dues will develop engagement opportunities within the Fraternity and create and maintain programs and initiatives for our chapters.

This program will increase involvement between our collegiate and alumnae members, support international volunteers and staff, expand AOII’s brand and culture, and enhance international events including Convention and Leadership Institute.

First Year on Us Program

AOII acknowledges our recent graduates and their time committed to AOII while in college. To encourage these new alumnae sisters to join an alumnae chapter, AOII offers our First Year on Us program, where AOII pays the international fees for each member’s first year in an alumnae chapter. Our newest alumnae are always thrilled to learn that their first year as an alumnae chapter member is FREE!

Many new alumnae don’t know where they are going to live right after graduation, and it takes time to find a job and get settled. For that reason, as long as it is within five years of graduation and an alumna member’s first time to join, her first year will be free. All she needs to do is tell her Alumnae Chapter President that it is her first time to join an alumnae chapter, and she will take care of reporting that to Headquarters.

Life Loyal AOII Program

Life Loyal AOII is a loyalty program that provides enhanced services to members and recognizes loyal AOIIs. Life Loyal AOII is a great way for collegiate and alumnae members to stay connected to AOII for life and take part in the bonds of sisterhood. Life Loyal AOII members are strong believers in the values and want to help support the future of AOII.

To join Life Loyal AOII there is a one-time cost of membership of $299. Payment can be received in a variety of forms including check and credit card. Our members who have been in AOII for over 50 years are eligible to receive a discount, and their cost is $189.

Alumna Initiate Program

The Alumna Initiate Program is a program that invites women of good character who share our philosophy and purpose, and who will support the Object of the Fraternity, to become a part of Alpha Omicron Pi. The invitation is extended beyond the traditional environment of our collegiate chapters across the United States and Canada. AOII is proud to offer women in all stages of their lives the opportunity for membership as Alumnae Initiates.

An Alumna Initiate is entitled to the same privileges enjoyed by all AOII alumnae members. She is eligible to serve the Fraternity in any elected or volunteer capacity, participate in alumnae programming, attend alumnae events, join an Alumnae Chapter or the International Alumnae Association, join the Life Loyal program, and support local collegiate chapters by volunteering.