Welcome to Cornell University’s largest on-campus service organization.
Founded by Frank Reed Horton on December 16, 1925 at Lafayette College, Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service fraternity founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. Over the years it has become the largest collegiate service organization in the world, with more than 400,000 members on over 375 campuses.
The Cornell University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega was chartered on February 17, 1927. Our chapter is the longest continually running chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity, where we strive to exemplify the ideals of leadership, friendship, and service far above Cayuga’s waters. Our original charter lists 17 members; today we have become one of Cornell’s largest student organizations with over 400 active members.
Last Semester, We Proudly Achieved…
“I was a casual member of APO. I almost dropped it. But then I started to do lots of service off campus, went on a service learning trip abroad in Peru. I just poured my heart into service and the amazing Ithaca community. It’s been a year since rushing, and I went from doing no service to all the service…My goal is really to give people the chance to find the meaningful service everyone wants to do, going from casual volunteers to active citizens. I think everyone has a little spark in them that wants to save the world.” – Winnie Ho ’19, President of APO Gamma
Fun Fact: She once accidentally quarter carded to a 40 year old man in Undergrad Admissions.
Join Our Chapter
Joining Alpha Phi Omega may very well be one of the most rewarding experiences in your college years. Grow your passion for leadership, friendship, and service in a welcoming brotherhood of over 400 active members. Work alongside your fellow brothers to serve the campus, the community, and the nation.
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, co-ed service organization and welcome all who wish to serve to join our organization! We do not haze. We strive to follow and uphold the Cardinal Principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service that Alpha Phi Omega were founded on.
Rush begins shortly after the start of each academic semester. To learn more about our organization, and especially if you’re interested in joining Gamma Chapter, please email our Director of Pledging, Joanna Hua, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.