Individuals join Phi Mu for many reasons. It can be a home away from home, a pathway to campus involvement, a network to develop
during college or later. The Phi Mu experience gives each member many opportunities to learn outside the classroom: to lead,
to be an active member, to learn, to play, to share with and support others. Each member is an individual and our strong bond
helps us grow, both as individuals and as a group.
Phi Mu was founded in 1852, at the first college to award bachelor's degrees to women, by a group of women who valued
education. We continue to strive for academic excellence through programming in each collegiate chapter and scholarship support
from Phi Mu Foundation. Alumnae chapters also present educational programs because pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong journey.
Phi Mus serve others in so many ways. Money raised for Children's Miracle Network, our national philanthropy, stays in
the local communities where it is raised. All collegiate and alumnae chapters raise funds for or work on the annual CMN Telethon,
and many also volunteer at the CMN-affiliated hospitals. Most chapters also support other charities, and members are encouraged
to be involved in their communities.
Phi Mus are committed to excellence in everything we undertake in our careers, classrooms, organizations, and personal
lives. By setting high standards for membership and high expectations of our chapters, Phi Mu encourages its members to do
more and to do it well.
Phi Mus share many traditions -- our quatrefoil badge, Creed, ritual, symbols, songs, philanthropy, academic excellence
-- even though we begin our Phi Mu careers on many college campuses. We have more in common with each other through our bond
of sisterhood than we have differences. And so when we gather in new places surrounded by new friends, we know each other
even though we just have met. Phi Mu is, indeed, for a lifetime.