Potential New Members

Welcome Potential New Members!

Here you will find all the information you need about becoming a prospective Candidate for Alpha Omega Epsilon!

Step 1: Learn about the Sorority 

See if Alpha Omega Epsilon is a place for you by exploring our webpage, talking to active sisters, and reaching out for any lingering questions. 

Step 2: Attend Recruitment Events 

The recruitment process for incoming first-year students happens in the spring semester, so hold tight! Non-first-year students can go through recruitment in the fall or spring!

Step 3:  Becoming a Candidate

After receiving and accepting a bid, you will become a candidate, meeting every sister and learning about the sorority.

Step 1: Learn about the Sorority 

About Alpha Omega Epsilon 

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social sorority composed of female students and alumnae in the field of engineering and technical sciences. The sorority was founded on November 13, 1983, and four months later, on March 22, 1984, became a recognized organization on the Marquette University Campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Beta Xi Chapter at Washington University in St. Louis

The Alpha Omega Epsilon Beta Xi chapter at Washington University is currently the school's only independent sorority. The colony was installed on November 10th, 2013 with eleven recognized sisters, and earned chapter status in the coming months. 

The first Alpha Omega Epsilon chapter was founded on November 13, 1983, at Marquette University. Now, over 30 years later, the Beta Xi chapter at WashU strives to promote friendship, leadership, and professionalism both outside and within its ranks.


As an individual, I will promote integrity, character, honesty, self-confidence, and uphold my financial responsibilities.

As a Sorority, we will promote unity, friendship, professionalism, follow traditions, and maintain our image.

As an integral part of the school, we will promote engineering and technical science activities, high scholastic standards, and strong relations between students and faculty.

As an active member in the community, we will promote understanding, knowledge, and communication within our profession.


To create friendships while promoting self-confidence, professionalism, and motivation among female engineers and technical scientists of all curricula.

To work for the betterment of the individual and the Sorority as a whole.

To create a friendly and warm environment among its members.

To promote the welfare and interest of the profession.

To strengthen the relationships between students and faculty.

To enhance educational achievements and scholarship.

To help develop the highest standards of personal integrity and character.

To foster and maintain the bond of sisterhood through a continuing program for the alumnae.

Recruitment Event Requirements

In order to be a potential new member of the Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority, it is important to attend the following events:

Attend one of two informational meetings!

Attend four out of six recruitment events!

Complete the New Member Application before the last recruitment event!

❧ Attend both invite-only events post-invitation!

More information on recruitment can be found here.

Step 3: Become a Candidate 

Sorority Life

Sorority life means sisterhood, lifelong friendships, and personal growth. A nationwide network of women, working together toward common goals, is what sisterhood is when women with the same interests come together. On campus, a sorority gives you a home, a family, among whom you can be yourself and share the ups and downs of daily life. A sorority sister is more than just another familiar face in the classroom, it is someone who cares about and understands you. Through cooperation, sharing, and unity, a sorority can take on great tasks that one person alone could not accomplish in the way of charity fundraisers, community work, and service to the school. Group support, a sense of pride, and traditions are just a few of the rewards of sisterhood.

In this sisterhood, you form friendships that last a lifetime starting with your candidate class. While learning about the sorority together, you learn a lot about yourselves and each other. As you grow in the sorority, you will learn the skills of leadership and responsibility. The friends you make are good friends, fun to be with, supportive, and interested. This group of friends provides you with an active social life including dances, parties, and fraternity mixers! It is a group you can identify with, and have a lot of fun with.

A sorority opens the door to a wide variety of other extra-curricular activities by keeping members informed of events happening around campus. Membership in a sorority gives you a voice in campus professional organizations and government such as student councils, advisory boards, and so forth. 

Professionally, a sorority can help you with gaining contacts, career advising, and job-seeking through the wisdom and experience of its alumnae members.

Sorority life creates a strong bond amongst each and every member – a family whom one can turn to and trust.

-Alpha Omega Epsilon Alumna

About Candidacy 

Friendships that last a lifetime will be formed during your Candidate Period as you share your frustrations, disappointments, successes, and victories. This time will provide you with wonderful opportunities to ensure your personal growth as an effective group member and as an individual. Your Candidate Period and, later, your time as an Active sister will provide you with the opportunity to experience many diverse situations and problems that may be similar to those you will encounter later in life.

The Candidate Period is as much of a challenge to the Sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon as it is to you. We must project our ideals, objectives, and an image of model sisterhood to you – for you are the future of AΩE. As a result, you will be able to easily adjust to changes thrust upon you as you progress through school and finally into your career.

What does this all mean? Each of us is a product of our experiences, past, and, more importantly, present. Around campus, you will acquire new attitudes and perspectives. A sorority provides an environment where shortcomings can be pointed out and worked on while being motivated to improve relationships with those who hold valued opinions.

During your Candidate period, careful attention will be paid to interpersonal communications, cooperative behavior, assumption of responsibility, character, and personal qualities, as well as sincerity and dedication to membership development. All this requires you to desire to be a participant rather than a spectator. Become involved with the Sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon. Forming bonds within your Candidate class is very important; it makes getting through your Candidate Period a little easier and a lot more fun. We are all in this together!

We are proud of Alpha Omega Epsilon. We wish you to keep in mind that nothing worthwhile is ever accomplished without hard work.