Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, our history is a true inspiration to its members. Bettie Locke was among the first female students to attend Indiana Asbury College, now known as DePauw University. Bettie turned to her brother, a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, to find social support while away from home. Her brother’s fraternity asked Bettie to be their mascot, but was denied the rights to learning their secrets and being a true member of their organization. Upset at this notion, she declined her position as mascot and sought a group for women. When she found a group of no such thing, she started her own. Joined by Alice Allen, Hannah Fitch and Bettie Tipton, the four women developed the values and purpose of Kappa Alpha Theta that still stands strong today.

Nickname: Theta

Values:Scholarship, service, leadership, personal excellence, friendship, and sisterhood.
Motto:"Faith, Hope and Love"
Symbol:The kite-shaped badge
Colors:Black and gold