About Alpha Phi
Founded in 1872 and spanning more than 160 collegiate chapters, Alpha Phi is one of the oldest and largest fraternities in the world. Boasting a membership of over 187,000 “sisters,” Alpha Phi provides an immediate connection to an extensive network. It offers a rich history, full of longstanding traditions, unbreakable bonds, and an unparalleled experience.
The symbol of Alpha Phi is the ivy leaf with the new member badge taking its form
The Fraternity constellation is Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This symbol can be seen on the Alpha Phi crest and is displayed on the ceiling of the Alpha Phi Executive Office in Evanston, Illinois
The flowers of Alpha Phi are the fragrant lily of the valley and the blue and gold forget-me-not
Alpha phi crest
The Fraternity Crest is the Alpha Phi coat-of-arms, adopted by Convention delegates in 1922. The shield is Bordeaux with a scroll and ivy leaf above it. Inscribed on the scroll is the public motto, "Union Hand in Hand". A bar of silver crosses the shield from left to right; the upper half of the shield contains a Roman lamp in silver and the lower half, Ursa Major. The meaning of the symbols depicted on the crest is a significant part of the ritual witnessed at initiation.
ALPHA PHI COLOURS
Alpha Phi's original colours were blue and gold. In 1879, noting that a fraternity had colours too similar to hers, Alpha Phi adopted the more distinctive colours of silver and bordeaux.