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Our History 

Chi Omega was founded on April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas when four young women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolism that today bind over 260,000 women. This small band of women founded Chi Omega after realizing a need for an organization that would foster both friendship and respect for the potential and inherent value of women. Over the years, Chi Omega has provided its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship, and lifelong friendship - striving to provide each sister with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, community service, leadership opportunities, and social enrichment.

Fast Facts 

Nickname: Chi O
Mascot: Owl
Flower: White Carnation
Symbol: Skull and Crossbones
Colors: Cardinal and Straw
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Founded: April 5, 1895, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
UVA Chapter Founded: Lambda Gamma Chapter, 1927

Our Purposes 

The Lambda Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega became the first sorority at the University of Virginia in 1927. We were reinstated in 1977. Our home on Chancellor Street is the closest house to Grounds, and we carry our ideals and the six purposes of Chi Omega with us as a guide for our chapter and valid standards for our lives within the University community. Those six purposes are:

High standards of personnel
Sincere learning & creditable scholarship
Participation in campus activities
Career development
Community service
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