Frank Reed Horton founded Alpha Phi Omega

Founder“Alpha Phi Omega is destined to be one of the greatest college fraternities in the world because it has its foundation [on] the highest ideals of the ages” -Frank Reed Horton

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service fraternity. It was founded on December 16, 1925 by Frank Reed Horton. Since its founding at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, Alpha Phi Omega has become the largest collegiate organization in the nation with around 711 chapters nationwide. It is continually expanding in the nation as well as internationally.

Frank Reed Horton founded Alpha Phi Omega after his service in World War I. Through his experiences in the war, he made a declaration that if he survived, he would try to positively change the lives of young men and try to the best of his ability to make the world a more peaceful and rational place. In his fourth year at Lafayette College, Frank Reed Horton and 13 other former Scouts founded Alpha Phi Omega on the principles of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Since its founding in 1925, Alpha Phi Omega has spread its ideals of Friendship, Leadership, and Service to over 300,000 college students. As chapters are continuously forming across the nation, Alpha Phi Omega has begun international expansion with the forming of chapters in the Philippines, Canada, and Australia. In 1976, the National Convention voted to allow women to enter Alpha Phi Omega as Brothers. Today, Alpha Phi Omega is one of the fastest growing collegiate organizations. It has had many prominent alumni, such as Bill Clinton, the 42nd President, and George H.W. Bush, the 41st President. Through Frank Reed Horton’s vision, Alpha Phi Omega is continually shaping the lives of young college students through the ideals of Friendship, Leadership, and Service.

Today, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity has more than 17,000 male and female student members at 366 college campuses nationwide. Its mission is to prepare campus and community leaders through service. Its purpose is to develop leadership, to promote friendship and to provide service to humanity. Founded at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1925, it is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization headquartered in Independence, Missouri. More than 350,000 members have joined Alpha Phi Omega since its founding.

Cardinal Principles


Realistically, leadership is a matter of development. Alpha Phi Omega develops leaders, and we are very proud of that. As we grow, we seek qualities of leadership, and throughout our lives, we pursue the development of those qualities and the development of other ‘well-rounding’ qualities. Through our leadership development program in Alpha Phi Omega, we are able to develop ourselves. And, as we aspire to greater things in life, we become aware of limiting factors – which we can’t control, the external forces that shape our destiny until we control and develop what we have inside of us. We discover our own talents and strive to better our skills. We study, we learn, we practice.


Brotherhood is the spirit of friendship. It implies respect, honesty and dependability. It means that we overlook differences and emphasize similarities as we join together in unselfish service. It means listening to Brothers whose views on issues might differ from our own. It means working closely with people whom under other circumstances we might not choose as our friends.


Our Chapter service program provides many opportunities for the development of social awareness, friendships and leadership skills. Participation in our service program helps make Alpha Phi Omega the unique fraternal organization that it is.