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Alpha Chi Omega (ACHiO or Alpha Chi)

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Founded in Indiana at DePauw University in 1885 by seven women, Alpha Chi Omega has from its beginning had a special interest in the fine arts. Today, although some members still support the arts, most members are busy pursuing their own individual interests and goals. Alpha Chi Omega was the first collegiate fraternity to require a certain scholastic performance by new members before initiation. In 1966, Alpha Chi Omega began at UCSB.

Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi)

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The fraternity, the first secret society for college women, was established at the oldest women's college in the world, Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia, in 1851. Women who could "commend themselves for their intellectual and moral worth, dignity of character, and propriety of deportment" were sought for membership. The chapter at UCSB was one of the original seven sororities that began here in 1950.

Alpha Phi

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Founded at Syracuse University in 1872 when the institution first opened its doors to women, Alpha Phi owes its existence to women who questioned, "Why can't we have a society like the men?" It was the first women's fraternity to establish a chapter house for its members. At UCSB, the chapter began in 1950, and its members are dedicated to the founding principles of scholarship, service, sisterhood, and kindness.

Delta Delta Delta (TriDelta or TriDelt)

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Thanksgiving Eve 1888 saw the establishment of Delta Delta Delta at Boston University by two seniors who came up with the idea, created the ritual, designed the structure, and strategized for growth across the nation for the newly created women's fraternity. Since 1891, Tri Delta has been active in the all-sorority movement, encouraging the steady growth and development of women's fraternities. Tri Delta established a chapter at UCSB in 1987.

Delta Gamma (DG)

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Founded in 1873 at the Lewis School for girls in Oxford, Mississippi, Delta Gamma credits its existence to happenstance. Three women formed the fraternity, established a name, wrote the ritual and constitution, and when classes began again in January, added new members. UCSB added a chapter of Delta Gamma in 1950.

Gamma Phi Beta (GPhi or Gamma Phi)

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Established at Syracuse University in 1874, Gamma Phi Beta's objective is "to develop the highest type of womanhood through education, social life, and service to country and humanity." The UCSB chapter members see love, labor, learning, and loyalty as ideals. The sorority takes pride in emphasizing leadership; members are academically, athletically, and socially involved.

Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta)

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Founded at DePauw University in 1870, Kappa Alpha Theta was the first Greek-letter society for women that was organized with principles and methods like those of fraternities. The Theta women were true pioneers and champions for women and women's issues. Kappa Alpha Theta established a chapter at UCSB in 1950.

Kappa Kappa Gamma (kappa)

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The essence of Kappa Kappa Gamma is based on friendship, love, acceptance, and understanding. Kappa was founded in 1870 at Monmoth College, and the UCSB chapter began in 1978. The sorority has established many goals to unite its members in a close bond of friendship, seeking to instill in members a spirit of mutual love and helpfulness in obtaining philanthropic, academic, social, and moral excellence.

Pi Beta Phi (pi phi)

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Founded as the I.C. Sorosis in 1867, the organization is considered to be the first national college fraternity for women. The UCSB chapter was established in 1950, and today remains the largest of the UCSB sororities. Past experience has shown that the chapter is fully spirited, excited, and committed toward the attainment of the individuals' personal best.