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Your SMU Panhellenic Sorority Cheat Sheet

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SMU chapter.

When I went through Recruitment at SMU, I was hella #stressed. I had no idea what I was in for, had no idea what each sorority stood for and I’m pretty sure I stressed out my Rho Gammas with my frantic questions. I literally had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even know that the sorority girls chant (imagine how freaked out I was when all of a sudden a hundred women leapt out to cheer). Recruitment can definitely feel very “dog eat dog,” especially with girls who feel like they know anything and everything about each chapter and have already decided where they think they are going to go. Each sorority is very different, and there are things you might want to know before going through recruitment. I present to you your SMU Panhellenic Sorority Cheat Sheet.


Alpha Chi Omega- ΑΧΩ

Colors: Red and Green

Values: Academic interest, character, financial responsibility, leadership and personal development.  

Symbol: The Lyre

Flower: Red Carnation

Motto: Together let us seek the heights

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1994

Local Philanthropy: Genesis Women’s Shelter

Required G.P.A.: 2.8


Chi Omega- ΧΩ

Colors-Cardinal and Straw (Red and Yellow)

Values: Friendship, personal integrity, service to others, academic excellence and intellectual pursuits, community and campus involvement, and personal and career development

Symbol- Skull and Crossbones

Flower: White Carnation

Motto: Hellenic Culture and Christain Ideals

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1916

Local Philanthropy: Make-a-Wish Foundation

Required G.P.A.: 2.8


Delta Delta Delta- ΔΔΔ

Colors: Silver, Gold, Cerulean Blue

Values: Truth, self-sacrifice and friendship

Symbol: Dolphin

Flower: Pansy

Motto: Let us steadfastly love one another

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1915

Local Philanthropy: St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Required G.P.A.: 2.8


Delta Gamma- ΔΓ

Colors: Bronze, Pink, Blue

Values: Friendship, education, social responsibility and character

Symbol: Anchor

Flower: Cream-Colored Rose

Motto: Do Good

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1926

Local Philanthropy: Service for Sight

Required G.P.A.: 2.8


Gamma Phi Beta- ΓΦΒ

Colors: Brown and Mode (Unofficial is pink and gold)

Values: Love, labor, learning, loyalty

Symbol: Crescent Moon

Flower: Pink Carnation

Motto: Founded upon a rock

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1929

Local Philanthropy: Girls on the Run

Required G.P.A.: 2.8


Kappa Alpha Theta- ΚΑΘ

Colors: Black and Gold

Values: Scholarship, service, leadership, personal excellence, and friendship/sisterhood.

Symbol: Kite

Flower: Black and Gold Pansy

Motto: Leading Women

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1929

Local Philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Required G.P.A.: 2.85


Kappa Kappa Gamma-  ΚΚΓ

Colors: Dark Blue and Light Blue

Values: Integrity, respect and regard for others, and appreciation for the worth of all individuals.

Symbol: Key

Flower: Fleur-de-Lis

Motto: Aspire to be

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1929

Local Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental

Required G.P.A.: 2.7


Pi Beta Phi- ΠΒΦ

Colors: Wine and Blue

Values: Integrity, lifelong commitment, honor and respect, personal and intellectual growth, philanthropic service to others, sincere friendship.

Symbol: Arrow

Flower: Wine Carnation

Motto: Pi Beta Phi

SMU Chapter Founding Year: 1916

Local Philanthropy: First Book

Required G.P.A.: 2.75

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Moriah is a Senior at Southern Methodist University majoring in English and Psychology. She is currently the Campus Correspondent of the HCSMU chapter, and has held the positions of Senior Editor, Profile Editor and Associate Editor. She is also a member of the Alpha Xi chapter of Gamma Phi Beta. She loves coffee and satire, and she is not a morning person.