Lambda Chi Alpha

at Northwestern University

Standing at a membership of approximately 60 brothers, Lambda Chi Alpha is one of the most inclusive fraternities on campus.

Our History

The Alpha-Iota Chapter of Lambda Chi is one of the oldest fraternities on campus, boasting years of history with Northwestern, and installed Jan. 6, 1917.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership eliminates pledging and merely invites new members to undergo preparation for initiation without hazing.


We engage with both the student body and the greater community regularly, in activities such as Dance Marathon, Intramural Sports, and our philanthropies.

Our Open Mottos

Per Crucem Crescens   ·   Χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά   ·   Vir Quisque Vir

Crescent in the Cross                  Naught without labor          Every Man a Man

Our History

There are two versions of our founding. The first results from an agreement in late 1912 between Warren Cole in Boston and Albert Cross in Philadelphia, holds that on November 2, 1909, Warren A. Cole, Percival C. Morse, and Clyde K. Nichols met at 22 Joy St., Boston, and swore allegiance to the new fraternity. The meeting had been called, for the purpose of considering the reorganization of the Cosmopolitan Law Club, a society of law students of Boston University, of which Cole was a member, into the Greek letter society. From this point on, Lambda Chi Alpha progressed at an incredibly rapid rate.

Our Vision

Lambda Chi Alpha’s vision to lead a co­curricular Greek movement, predicated on partnership and collaboration amongst the undergraduates, host institutions, alumni and General Fraternity, and offering an experience that focuses on the maturational development of today’s college man. As such, it is the vision of Lambda Chi Alpha to extend itself beyond the traditional social fraternity in practice and principle.

Brother Badge                         Associate Member Pin

Lambda Chi cares about its community and organizes various efforts to engage and serve society, from participating in Northwestern’s Dance Marathon to working with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Feeding America.
Food Drive

Every fall quarter, Brothers seek food donations from nearby residents for the GCFD and Feeding America.  Their contributions help us ensure no one foes angry


Benefiting each year’s NUDM beneficiary, Brothers host a bacon themed fundraiser. This year, Brothers raised over $1000 for GiGi’s Playhouse through Bacon.

St. Baldricks

Brothers help raise funds for pediatric cancer research by hosting one of St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events on campus.

Looking back on 100 years of our High Zeta