Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University by ten of the first nineteen women admitted to the newly opened university.
The Original Ten, the founders of Alpha Phi, were women of courageous vision and pioneering hearts. Pursuing their studies in a largely male-dominated university, these women yearned for a circle of friends who could sympathize with each other's troubles and support each others' ambitions. On September 18, 1872, these ten women initiated themselves into Alpha Phi.
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Six of the Alpha Phi founders seated outside of Risely Hall at Cornell University, at an early National Convention