University of St. Francis Alpha Phi


About Us

Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.  This women’s fraternity enhances and promotes each member's development and learning by focusing on sisterhood, service, scholarship, leadership, loyalty and character development.

Alpha Phi’s Mission Statement:

Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.

Alpha Phi’s Purpose:

The objectives 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 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 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, Incorporated, Article II

  • History of Alpha Phi International

    Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University by ten of the first women admitted to the newly opened university. The Original Ten, the founders of Alpha Phi, were women of courageous vision and pioneering hearts. Pursuing their studies in a male-dominated university, these women yearned for a circle of friends who could sympathize with each other's troubles and support each other's ambitions. On September 18, 1872, these ten women initiated themselves into Alpha Phi.

    To learn more about our remarkable sorority, please visit the Alpha Phi International website found here.


    Where can I find Alpha Phi chapters?

    Alpha Phi is one of the largest women's fraternal organizations in the world, with over 222,000 initiated members and 168 collegiate chapters. Below are just a few of our collegiate chapters near you:

    • DePaul University | Chicago, IL
    • Northwestern University | Evanston, IL
    • The University of Illinois | Champaign, IL
    • The University of Northern Illinois | DeKalb, IL
    • The University of Southern Illinois | Edwardsville, IL
    • Lake Forest College | Lake Forest, IL
    • The University of Eastern Illinois | Charleston, IL
    • Elmhurst College | Elmhurst, IL
  •    What to Expect

    As a member building a new organization, your daughter will have a sorority experience that includes creating a path for her new chapter and making decisions that will affect Alpha Phi at the University of St. Francis for the life of the chapter. The decisions made in the early days of the colony will set the tone for a lifetime of memories – not only for your daughter, but for generations of Alpha Phis at St. Francis. This new colony is supported by local and international alumnae and on-site consultant support. A new colony is a safe-haven for innovative ideas and collaborative problem solving. Your daughter will have leadership opportunities from the day she joins, and these opportunities will make her a better friend, student and individual.


    Anti-Hazing Policy

    Alpha Phi has strict policies against hazing. As a membership organization that values the highest ideals of womanhood, we work to ensure that our members have a safe, positive experience in Alpha Phi.


    Alumnae Initiation

    Alpha Phi Fraternity offers alumnae initiate membership to outstanding women who are committed to the principles of friendship, sisterhood and support. Whether they chose not to take advantage of sorority membership as a collegian, did not have the opportunity at their university or did not attend an institution of higher education, they may now be eligible to become Alpha Phis. Once initiated, alumnae have the opportunity to participate in the local alumnae chapter, serve as an advisor for a collegiate chapter or attend Alpha Phi events. If you are a mother, aunt, sister or friend of a collegiate Alpha Phi and are interested in this unique opportunity, please click here to learn more.

  •    Alpha Phi Symbols   

          Flower: Lily of the Valley                            Flower: Forget-Me-Not                                Symbol: Ivy Leaf

              flower lily of the valley                                   flower forget-me-not                              symbol ivy                       

         Colors: Silver and Bordeaux                      Badge: Alpha Phi Greek letters                   New Member Pin: Ivy Leaf
             colors silver and bordeaux                                          badge                                                  new member pin  
        Philanthropy: Women's Heart
            Health and Research

               Red Dress Logo - Low Res 210

Philanthropy & Service


Alpha Phi Foundation

Our Mission

The Alpha Phi Foundation empowers women to be generous givers. We raise and award funds for programs that advance leadership development, encourage academic excellence, improve women's heart health, support sisters in need and educate about the value of philanthropy. Today Alpha Phis continue to support local and national heart health units through Foundation Grants, monetary donations and community service. Alpha Phis hold our philanthropy very close to our hearts.

Alpha Phi holds philanthropy events on campus which consist of raising awareness for women's heart health by passing out heart healthy tips and goody bags to the St. Francis community and with a women's heart health awareness week that not only raises funds for the Alpha Phi Foundation, but also engages the campus community in fun, entertaining and educational activities!

Learn more about Alpha Phi Foundation by clicking here.

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Community Service

Alpha Phis are involved in the local community as well! Each semester, you'll find Phis volunteering at a variety of organizations and giving back in a number of ways. No matter which organization you choose, Alpha Phis are always there to lend a helping hand.


St. Francis Alpha Phi officers will receive training and the opportunity to share ideas with officers from other Alpha Phi chapters at one of four annual Leadership Conferences in February, and at Convention every other year. Another way our members are able to receive more instruction is through Alpha Phi's Emerging Leaders Institute, a five-day intensive training program for freshmen and sophomore women to help them define their voice, identify their leadership skills and abilities and learn how to impact their chapter and their community.

In addition, the Chapter Leadership Development (CLD) Program is designed to give members the tools to be active followers and to cultivate an environment where all chapter members understand how to be leaders.

Alpha Phi's newest opportunity is the International Leadership Fellows Program which launched in the summer of 2014 as a concentrated program for a select group of upperclassmen chosen for their leadership promise, significant professional potential and their likelihood of maintaining a strong, contributing relationship with Alpha Phi long after their collegiate experience.


Alpha Phi is looking for strong leaders that are dedicated to being great members of our organization. Joining Alpha Phi allows new members to form bonds and create memories that will last a lifetime. You will find fun, friendships, and an incredible feeling of sisterhood within Alpha Phi.

As a member of Alpha Phi, you join a worldwide network of over 225,000 sisters! Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, and contributors to both their sisterhood and society as a whole. Joining this organization means a lifetime of membership to a community that values these traits.

Alpha Phi will be hosting recruitment events this January. We welcome all interested students to come 'Meet the Phis' and find out more information about Alpha Phi.


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Scholarship is one of the most important values of Alpha Phi. St. Francis Alpha Phis not only excel in the classroom individually, but as a whole chapter we strive to maintain a high GPA. Our goal is to help each member reach their fullest academic potential in a supportive and rewarding way.  St. Francis Alpha Phis have a weekly study table at the University's library to support each other in scholastic achievement.  

Sisterhood & Social

At Alpha Phi, we believe the bonds of sisterhood are something that can never be broken. As a sister of Alpha Phi, you are a member of an international group of sisters that become your "forever" friends and family. Alpha Phi is a group of women, with each member contributing her own perspective and personality. We constantly learn from one another and encourage each other to grow. Each semester, in order to celebrate and strengthen our ties as sisters, Alpha Phis participate in a series of fun and exciting events such as sisterhood retreats, inspiration week and so much more.  St. Francis Alpha Phis have planned a variety of fun and interactive sisterhood events including a Zumba class, a trip to the pumpkin patch, a beauty and spa night and a white elephant gift exchange during the Holidays.

  • Big Sister/Little Sister

    Every week during each member's first month in Alpha Phi, they are paired with another member called an "Ivy Linker." Throughout these weeks, the new members spend time with their "Ivy Linkers" and get to know them better. Then, each new member is placed into a "Phi Family" which includes a Big sister and Little sister. The Phi Families spend a whole week secretly showering their "Littles" with gifts: homemade room decorations, candy and Alpha Phi swag. At the end of the week, Big-Little reveal takes place and we celebrate the new Phi families.

  • Social Events


    Alpha Phis have social events that are fun and exciting! The women of the Alpha Phi "mix" with another student organization on campus and plan an event filled with fun activities for both groups' members. It's a great way for students of St. Francis to get to know each other and have endless amounts of fun. There's no doubt you'll have an awesome time dressing up for a themed mixer, dancing to your favorite tunes and mingling with your friends.


    Alpha Phi formals are the most exciting time of the year! Formals involve fantastic food, great laughs and are a memorable night out on the town to show off the classy and beautiful Alpha Phis. It's a great way to spend quality time with your sisters and your date!

  • Alumnae

    Joining our organization means that you will always have a home in Alpha Phi well beyond your college years. It is never too early or too late to be involved with your chapter of Alpha Phi!

    St. Francis Alpha Phis are lucky to have four Alpha Phi Alumnae Chapters just down the road. The active alumnae chapters are Chicago Lake Shore, Chicago Northwest Suburban, Chicago Western Villages and DuPage Valley. The members of these chapters will attend recruitment, Initiation, Homecoming/Reunion Weekend, Founders' Day and Alumnae Weekend events.


©2016 Alpha Phi International

University of St. Francis

Joliet, Illinois