Mission Statement

Kappa Alpha Theta is primarily a college organization whose mission is to promote the pursuit of excellence and to promote an environment which fosters a lifetime commitment to sisterhood.

Fraternity Purpose

The intellectual ambition of the Fraternity shall be the attainment of highest scholarship. The social aim of the Fraternity shall be to exercise the widest influence for good. The moral aim of the Fraternity shall be the standard of love.


Theta is the first Greek-letter women’s fraternity and was founded January 27, 1870, at Indiana Asbury university, now DePauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana. Theta’s four founders were forward-thinking women who were among the first ever admitted to the college. They came together to share common interests of scholarship and friendship. The motivating force behind the group was Bettie Locke, who was asked to wear the badge of a men’s fraternity but was denied initiation. She decided to organize her own fraternity.

What We Are

Theta is an international organization with college and alumnae chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Fraternity is a not-for-profit Indiana corporation, with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Fraternity’s philanthropic arm, the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, supports the Fraternity’s educational programs; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Theta’s international philanthropy; and annually awards more than $220,000 in graduate and undergraduate scholarships to members.

Delta Chi History

On April 3, 1976, the Delta Chi Chapter began at the University of Virginia.

Symbol: The kite-shaped badge

Colors: Black and Gold

Flower: The black and gold pansy