On the Syracuse Campus
Phi Sigma Sigma was first founded at Syracuse University in 1927, bringing our twin ideals to the Syracuse campus. During the women’s movement in the 1970’s, we left the SU campus along with many other sororities. However, we returned soon after in 2001 to a new house on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Waverly Avenue, next to the Bird Library.
Phi Sigma Sigma was originated based on the ideals of the 10 diverse founders. They were leaders of their time who developed a mission to perpetuate the advancement of womanhood. They established standards that continue to remain constant to this day and are upheld by the sisters and alumnae of Phi Sigma Sigma at all times. Our founders charted the course for milestones that have enabled Phi Sigma Sigma to prosper. Membership in Phi Sigma Sigma remains a lifelong, meaningful experience for women with similar values and diverse backgrounds.
Flower: American Beauty Rose
Open Motto: “Diokete Hupsala”- Aim High
Colors: King Blue and Gold
Twin Ideals: “The brotherhood of man and the alleviation of the world's pain"
In 1913, our founders approached the Dean of Women at Hunter College in New York City with a vision.They wanted to create a sorority that would promote open membership to all women of character and that was committed to sisterhood, excellence in scholarship, and selfless giving. On November 26, 1913, Phi Sigma Sigma was born as the first nonsectarian sorority, as it was the only sorority that was open to everyone and the only one with a ritual that was not based in scripture. Under the leadership of Fay Chertkoff, the Alpha Chapter was installed at Hunter College. Today Phi Sigma Sigma maintains 110 active collegiate chapters throughout the United States and Canada.