Fraternities at SU

Kappa Alpha

The Xi Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order was founded at Southwestern University November 28, 1883.  It marked the first chapter west of the Mississippi River. Kappa Alpha is an order based on chivalry and Christian values.

The Order was not always known as Kappa Alpha, but was transitioned following a brief period of time spent under the name Phi Kappa Chi.  Our spiritual founder, Robert E. Lee, is celebrated for his contributions to the Order every year during Convivium.

Samuel Zenas Ammen, the practical founder, played an integral role in establishing a ritual that parallels the depth of membership required to become an initiated member of Kappa Alpha Order.

At Southwestern, Kappa Alpha Order is a diverse group of men aiming for excellence inside the classroom and in the community at large as well.

Annual Charitable Events: Operation Crimson Gift Blood Drive and Shamrocks for Muscular Dystrophy

Philanthropy: Muscular Dystrophy Association

Annual Dues: $1200-$1300

Housing CostsSee current housing fee schedule

Important Notes: Both the Kappa Alpha House and the Pi Kappa Alpha House are operated by the University and staffed by a student Resident Assistant employed by Residence Life. Active members who do not live in their respective houses are charged a semesterly Parlor Fee of $200, which supports the operation of the House and is intended to encourage a higher occupancy rate.