Welcome to the Tau Chapter of Chi Omega
at the University of Mississippi
It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolism creating the Chi Omega sisterhood. 122 years later and Chi Omega has become the largest women’s fraternal organization with over 350,000 initiates and 180 collegiate chapters.
Tau chapter had similar beginnings to that of Psi at The University of Arkansas. Women had been on the Ole Miss campus since 1882, so like the University of Arkansas, there were no dorms. A group of young women formed a secret society, a club about which we know very little. This club petitioned to Chi Omega for approval to form a chapter. In 1899, it was approved, and The University of Mississippi’s Tau chapter of Chi Omega began. From the start, Tau strived for excellence.
Our Tau chapter abruptly came to an end in 1911, when the state legislature passed a law forbidding any Greek letter fraternity on any campus in Mississippi. Tau sisters continued to get together during this ban, but not in the name of Chi Omega. For many years following that law, prominent fraternity men and women sought to have the law repealed. Finally, in the spring of 1926, they were successful, and fraternities were readmitted to all Mississippi campuses.
As soon as the law changed, Old Tau, as it was known, organized formally and petitioned to Chi Omega for re-establishment of the chapter. On April 1, 1926, Chi Omega reinstated Tau with 16 members.
Our chapter currently has 455 members from all over the United States making us the largest Chi Omega chapter in the nation.
Chi Omega provides its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship, and lifelong friendship - striving to provide each Sister with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, intergenerational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.
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