It all began 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 bond over 300,000 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, inter generational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.