How to Join Chi Omega

Every year, thousands of women join Chi Omega, the largest fraternal women’s organization in the world with 181 collegiate chapters and over 380,000 initiates. Membership in Chi Omega provides lifelong friendships, campus and community involvement, and countless opportunities for personal growth and development in college and beyond. Chi Omega offers a home in your new college environment and a place where you can make a difference and thrive!

In order to become a member of Chi Omega, you will need to participate in recruitment on your college campus.

Our Fraternity’s vast network of alumnae plays a critical role in providing information so that Chi Omega and young women can learn about each other, and we now offer multiple pathways to introduction. Click below to learn more!

  • Chi Omega Legacy: Chi Omega defines a legacy as a sister or a daughter of a Chi Omega in good standing. Granddaughters, cousins, and nieces of Chi Omegas have close ties but are not Chi Omega legacies. Being designated as a Chi Omega legacy does not guarantee membership in Chi Omega. Chi Omega collegiate chapters set their own legacy policies according to the number of invites allowed by their campus panhellenic.
  • For Collegiate Members: Collegiate Letter of Introduction, As a collegiate Sister, you offer a unique connection to your peers looking to join Chi Omega and play a key role in introducing us to PNMs.
  • For Potential New Members (PNM): The PNM Interest Form, PNM, if you have searched high and low and can’t find a Chi Omega to connect with, please click here.
  • For Alumnae: Recruitment Introduction Form (RIF), As a Chi Omega alumna, it is an honor to be asked to provide a Recruitment Introduction Form (RIF). You are the key to connecting Chi Omega to women in your community. Seek these women out and share with them what Chi Omega has meant to you and how it has benefitted your life.


Once you’ve identified these women, there are two versions of our RIF form: the online version and the paper version. Please log in to Everyday for both versions of the form with instructions. You may contact the Executive Headquarters for login help or RIF questions at 901.748.8600 or chiomega@chiomega.com.

The online version of the form is submitted immediately to the local collegiate and alumnae leaders. It is the most efficient way to introduce a woman for membership. For Sisters without internet access, feel free to call Chi Omega Executive Headquarters at 901.748.8600.

If you prefer to mail a hard copy RIF form, you can locate address information for the appropriate recruitment volunteers by visiting Everyday. Once logged in, click on the link “Find Recruitment Contacts” to locate recruitment volunteers by state.

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Recruitment Precautions

There will still be opportunities for women to join Chi Omega chapters in the fall. We encourage you to reach out to the Office of Student Life or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority life on your campus to learn how to register for sorority recruitment.

The Chi Omega Executive Headquarters is working extensively with the National Panhellenic Conference and campus partners to determine what recruitment will look like on each of our campuses. Our priority will be providing a welcoming and safe environment for Potential New Members to experience how Chi Omega can change their lives for the better, even if the experiences looks different from the outside – the heart of our Sisterhood will remain the same.

How do I join Chi Omega?

In order to become a member of Chi Omega, you will need to participate in recruitment on your college campus.

As a member of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), Chi Omega may participate in any of these four recruitment styles:

  • Fully Structured Recruitment
  • Partially Structured Recruitment
  • Minimally Structured Recruitment
  • Continuous Recruitment

In light of current COVID-19 precautions, universities may be adjusting their recruitment process. We encourage you to reach out to the Office of Student Life or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority life on your campus to learn how to register for sorority recruitment.

“Should I just wait until things return to “normal” to go through Recruitment?”

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Normalcy has been taken away from incoming college students, as many had the celebrations associated with the end of one’s high school career taken away. Now, with the transition to college already overwhelming, we know you’re facing the challenge of navigating an altered college experience.

Chi Omega can provide structure and opportunities for New Members to get plugged into a values-based community right away, despite the changes to the traditional college experience.

Our Sisterhood can ease the intimidating and overwhelming transition into college, give members a support system to help them grow and find true belonging, and help them find their passions through well rounded experiences.

Further, Chi Omega will provide you with a strong connection to your University and college life, especially with members who have had years already on campus. This experience can be translated and replicated by older Chi Omega Sisters in a way first year students without the network Chi Omega provides will not have.

“What are the lifetime benefits of joining Chi Omega?”

Sorority membership provides an opportunity for members to reach their fullest potentials and gain access to a supportive network of women that will help them grow far beyond their college days. Membership in fraternal organizations have been linked to higher well-being for college graduates

In a 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Study, it was found that college graduates who were in fraternities and sororities were more likely to be thriving in all five critical elements of well-being (purpose, social, financial, physical and community). Subjects were found to have:

  • Felt more motivated to achieve goals
  • Had stronger emotional support systems
  • Been more effective at managing economic life and increased financial security
  • Been more likely to be engaged in the community
  • Higher rates of physical wellbeing
  • Fraternity and sorority members were also found to be more engaged in the workplace and invested in experiential learning opportunities.

For more FAQs regarding joining Chi Omega in light of COVID-19, click here.