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Phi Mu was founded in 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the first college chartered to grant degrees to women. Originally founded as the Philomathean Society, a literary club, we are the second-oldest sorority in the nation. For nearly 170 years, Phi Mu has provided social opportunities, a support network, and personal enrichment resources to the nearly 200,000 women who have joined our sisterhood.


Our chapter has a long and proud history at American University. Installed as the Gamma Delta Chapter on November 19, 1933, Phi Mu was the first national Greek organization at AU and remains the longest-running chapter on campus! Over the years, our chapter has evolved, but our commitment to promoting the values and mission of Phi Mu has remained constant. Our sisterhood is strong and supportive, and our members share a bond that extends beyond their college years. Ultimately, our chapter is dedicated to providing opportunities for sisters during and after their time at American, including promoting personal and professional growth, lifelong friendships, and the values of Phi Mu: love, honor, and truth.

check out our 2023
sisterhood video! 

Since 1986, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) has been the national philanthropy of Phi Mu Fraternity. CMNH raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals which support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada.  Today, Phi Mu raises around $2 million for CMNH annually! 


Phi Mu at American University is deeply committed to CMNH and our campus fundraising efforts benefit Children’s National Hospital, only four miles from campus! Our donations provide support services for patients and their families, lifesaving medical equipment, and charitable care. Phi Mu hosts two major philanthropy events each year, and supports Dance Marathon at AU (EagleTHON) each spring. In 2022, our chapter raised $9,000 for Children’s National Hospital!

check out our 2023
philanthropy video! 

Dues for Phi Mu are $778 in a New Member’s first semester (this includes all chapter & national fees). For each subsequent year, dues are as follows: $88 per month in session (around $352 per semester) plus an additional $136 for national & Panhellenic dues. All members can pay on a per month basis.

letter from the president

Welcome to Panhellenic! Joining this community was the best decision I ever made. During my first semester at American, I felt like I was missing a community on campus. I had spent my entire senior year at home due to COVID and just moved over 1,000 miles from Texas to D.C. I wanted to join an organization that felt like my home away from home -- a close circle of friends who love and support each other, who make lasting memories together, and who have the opportunity to pursue things bigger than themselves. I have definitely found that in the Panhellenic community. 


Phi Mu has truly shaped my college experience for the better. To me, Phi Mu represents everything I value including friendship, service, and commitment to personal and professional endeavors. My sisters are my absolute best and lifelong friends, and they are the people I turn to for everything. I can honestly say that without Phi Mu and the women of Gamma Delta, I would not be the woman I am today.


This community is my home on campus, and it can be yours too.


Love in our bond, 

Lucy LaVigne

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