What we want is high minded, like minded, loyal hearted girls who will work together happily and hard according to their talents for worthy achievements in and for their college. We want girls who will not only take a lot of fun and happiness out of college but also put some useful service into it, who will have enough grace to be popular, enough generosity to enjoy life with others and the esteem of others, but enough character to do all this without making the slightest concession of principal or conduct.
— Stella George Stern Perry, AOII Founder

Letter from our VP Membership Recruitment

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Alpha Omicron Pi was founded right here at Columbia University in 1897, when our first president, Stella George Stern Perry was unable to join any of the existing sororities on campus because of her Jewish background. Stella—with her loyal friends, Bess, Jessie, and Helen—created their own sisterhood with a very clear recruitment philosophy: any woman, of any background, who shares our values should be able to join AOII. This philosophy of love and acceptance is shared among all 204 of our collegiate chapters, and is what makes being part of AOII so special.

There is no one specific type of AOII. My sisters are dancers, singers, athletes, activists, writers, scientists, engineers, future doctors, lawyers, journalists, and businesswomen. But while the passions of our sisters vary, what binds all of us together is our values: our commitment to kindness, tolerance, scholarship, and service. In AOII, we are each other's biggest cheerleaders, and we support each other unconditionally. All my sisters push me to work harder, to dream bigger, and to have more confidence in myself. My sisters inspire me every day to be more ambitious in a way that is true to both the ideals of Columbia and our founders.

I know that the recruitment process can seem overwhelming--I myself was terrified going in on the first day. But I knew that in the end, I would find my home and my family on campus. I feel so incredibly lucky each and every day that I was able to join this organization, and that I can now call the amazing women of AOII my sisters. As Vice President of Membership Recruitment, I feel even luckier to be able to share my love for AOII with every potential new member. Being a part of a sorority is truly a magical and transformative experience, and I am so excited for each and every one of you pursuing it.  

Alpha Love and Mine,

Aliza Gross

Vice President of Membership Recruitment, 2019 - 2020


Formal Recruitment 2019

January 24-27, 2019

The structure of Columbia Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is as follows:

Philanthropy Day

On Philanthropy Day, Potential New Members (PNMs) will learn more about Alpha Omicron Pi’s national philanthropy, Arthritis Research, as well as AOII Alpha’s other philanthropic efforts. Our committed sisters take service very seriously and continually work to improve the world around us. PNMs will visit all six sororities on this day.

Chapter Development Day

The next day is our Chapter Development Day, where PNMs will get a sense of AOII Alpha’s amazing sisterhood and what makes our chapter so remarkable. PNMs will learn about our sisterhood events, active alumnae involvement, thriving leadership opportunities and so much more. PNMs will visit a maximum of four sororities this day.

Preference Night

The last recruitment event of the weekend is Preference Night, where PNMs will learn about what exactly makes AOII Alpha so special and what being a member of Alpha Omicron Pi really entails. During this hour long party, PNMs will get a chance to sit and chat with a sister about our Fraternity’s ideals, values, and beliefs. PNMs will visit a maximum of two sororities this day. The end of this Night marks the conclusion of the Formal Recruitment process.

Bid Night

Bid Night is one of our chapter’s most memorable days. The Bid Night celebration welcomes our new members into Greek Life and introduces them to all of their soon-to-be sisters! It is truly a night to remember and AOII’s warmly embrace our newest additions to our sisterhood.