For Parents

A Parent’s Guide to Theta Phi Alpha

Your daughter has become a New Member of Theta Phi Alpha! Congratulations! She is one of more than 31,000 women who have chosen Theta Phi Alpha since our founding at the University of Michigan in 1912.

Theta Phi Alpha was originally founded to offer Catholic women the experience of sorority life, as other sororities did not include Catholic women. In 1968, all restrictive membership clauses were removed from Theta Phi Alpha’s National Constitution and Bylaws and Theta Phi Alpha opened up its membership to all women regardless of race, creed, or religious belief.

Theta Phi Alpha has adopted Saint Catherine of Siena as its patroness. We have also adopted her motto as our own: “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.”

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