About ΦΣΣ

Our Symbols
American Beauty Rose
Open Motto:
Diokete Hupsala (Aim High)
King Blue and Gold
Twin Ideals:
The brotherhood of man and the alleviation of the world’s pain.
Official Hymn:

Our Mission
To inspire the personal development of each sister and
perpetuate the advancement of womanhood.

Our Vision
To be a dynamic sisterhood of powerful women fostering uncompromising
principles, igniting positive change and embracing individuality

The Creed of Phi Sigma Sigma
I believe a women who serves is a woman who leads.
I will devote myself at all times
To upholding the ideals of Phi Sigma Sigma.
I believe in faith, love, and sincerity.
I will find strength in the
Lifelong friendships I share in the bonds of our sisterhood.
I believe in the advancement of womanhood.
I will make the most of educational opportunities throughout my life
And will become a woman of substance, character, and influence.
I believe in the perpetuity of Phi Sigma Sigma.
I will build to the walls of our Pyramid.
Once a Phi Sigma Sigma, Always a Phi Sigma Sigma.

Phi Sigma Sigma's History
We are a dynamic, principled, passionately committed group of women from around the world who define ourselves not by our distinct differences, but by what we have in common. And that common bond is a firm belief that women of different religions, cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints working together can and do make a difference in our communities, and in the world, every day.

We are 100 years old, and growing. Phi Sigma Sigma was founded on November 26, 1913, at Hunter College in New York City by ten progressive young women who shared a passion for excellence and envisioned an inclusive sisterhood. These women wanted a sorority that strived to achieve outstanding scholastic ideals and maintain high social standards, while embracing diversity in membership.

The result of these women’s cutting-edge vision was the first nonsectarian sorority – meaning women of all backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and cultures were welcome to join at a time when that was not the norm. Phi Sigma Sigma was built by women of vision, revolutionary thinkers for their time, who understood a person’s character, not her upbringing, was what mattered most.

The history of Phi Sigma Sigma illustrates our pioneering past. Throughout time, Phi Sigma Sigma has perpetuated this tradition in our implementation of programming, learning platforms, philanthropic endeavors and most recently, through our technological advancements.

Phi Sigma Sigma is proud to be a strong, close-knit sisterhood with over 7,000 collegians and 70,000+ alumnae around the globe, primarily in the Northeast and along the Atlantic seaboard.

Overall, Phi Sigma Sigma identifies itself as a medium-size National Panhellenic Conference organization. We believe we are large enough to provide excellent networking opportunities and amenities, and small enough to give personalized customer service to our members, chapters, advisors and university partners. We continue to be progressive, innovative and cutting-edge pioneers that are persistently looking for ways to strengthen and better our organization.

Delta Theta Chapter History
Phi Sigma Sigma's Delta Theta Chapter was founded in 1983. We just celebrated our 30 years on campus! Our house is the first sorority house on Oakland University's campus.

Our Badge
Phi Sigma Sigma's original badge was the sphinxhead, featuring sapphire eyes on a gold base bearing our Greek letters in blue enamel. In 1951, the Fraternity introduced the sapphire badge, a sphinxhead superimposed on a gold pyramid and three sapphires in each corner. Both badges remain in use today. To further identify the member and indicate the bond between the sorority and chapter, a guard pin (the Greek letter(s) identifying the chapter) is attached to the badge by a small, gold linked chain.

The badge is worn by all duly initiated members over or near the heart. The guard pin is worn lower than the badge. The badge is never to be sold, given or loaned to any person who is not a duly initiated member of Phi Sigma Sigma. Badges were not automatically included in the initiation fee, as they are today. The badges were crafted of 10k gold and often engraved on the back with sisters' initials and class years. These clues, along with chapter letter guards, can help Phi Sigma Sigma identify who initially owned older badges and when. Since the late 1980s, most badges are gold-plated and do not feature personalized engravings.

Our 10 Founders
In 1913, our Founders approached the Dean of Women at Hunter College in New York City with a vision. They wanted to start a sorority that would promote open membership to all women of character regardless of background; a sorority committed to sisterhood, excellence in scholarship, and selfless giving.  The first 10 founders were Lillian Gordon Alpern, Josephine Ellison Breakstone, Fay Chertkoff, Estelle Melnick Cole, Jeanette Lipka Furst, Ethel Gordon Kraus, Shirley Cohen Laufer, Claire Wunder McArdle, Rose Sher Seidman and Gwen Zailes Synder.