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In 1837, the Methodist Church established Indiana Asbury (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, Indiana. Orignially an all men's educational facility, Indiana Asbury officially opened its doors to women in 1867, but not without great uproar from the male students. The first women students at Indiana Asbury were looking for ways to make friends and find support and encouragement for their academic pursuits. They were reviled by their teachers, taunted by their classmates, and ignored by their female friends who did the "right" thing and attended conservatories for girls. It took brave pioneers three years to found Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter Fraternity for women.


Though there were societies for women before 1867, Theta became the first women's Greek-letter fraternity in 1870, founded by Bettie Locke Hamilton, Alice Allen Brant, Bettie Tipton Lindsey, and Hannah Fitch Shaw. Its primary founder Bettie Locke wanted full membership in a male fraternity, but when the men asked her to wear their fraternity badge as a "mascot," she responded, "If you won't initiate me into your fraternity, I'll start my own." Thus, Kappa Alpha Theta was established on January 27, 1870.

Theta Today

Kappa Alpha Theta has over 130 established chapters across the United States and Canada. Theta was the first women's fraternity to establish a chapter in Canada. There are over 250,000 initiated members and more than 200 alumnae chapters. Our tagline is "Leading Women" and Thetas continue to achieve prominence in every field. The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right was a Theta. Some famous Theta alums include Tori Burch, Laura Bush, Sheryl Crow, Melinda Gates, and Dylan Lauren.



Vision: Leading every member to excellence through lifelong sisterhood.

Fraternity Values: The values of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity are scholarship, service, leadership, personal excellence, and friendship/sisterhood.

Purpose: The aim is threefold—intellectually, the highest scholarship; socially, the widest influence for good; and the Moral Code is love.


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