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Kappa Alpha Theta


San Diego State University

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Kappa Alpha Theta


San Diego State University

Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek-letter fraternity known among women. We strive to exemplify our core values of scholarship, leadership, service, personal excellence, & sisterhood. Theta exists to nurture each member throughout her college and alumnae experience. As leading women, we strive for good in the classroom, on campus, and in our local community.  

Chapter History


Chapter History


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The Gamma Sigma Chapter

In 1837, Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University) was established by the Methodist Church in Greencastle, Indiana. Bettie Locke—the daughter of a professor—was among the first women to enroll at Indiana Asbury in 1867. During her sophomore year, a member of one of the Greek-letter fraternities asked Bettie to wear their badge. When she learned, however, she would not become a member—simply a welcomed supporter of the group—she declined the opportunity. Desiring full membership in an organization offering friendship and support, Bettie hoped a Greek-letter fraternity for women might form a chapter at Asbury. However, she couldn’t identify such an organization existing on any other campus. With her father’s encouragement, Bettie decided to create one. From the beginning, it was her desire the organization would continue to grow, supporting coeds on multiple campuses into the future. On January 27, 1870, the first official meeting of Kappa Alpha Theta was held with members Bettie Locke, Alice Allen, Bettie Tipton and Hannah Fitch Shaw. 

And so, the first Greek-letter fraternity for women was formally established. Obviously meeting a need, the Fraternity grew exponentially—spreading East and West, from North to South, and becoming the first fraternity for women to establish a chapter in Canada. It was an idea whose time had come.

This growth spread to San Diego State University, where the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was reestablished on December 10th, 2016. A group of 200 women sought to preserve the Theta ideals. As Gamma Sigmas, we continue on looking forward and walking in the path of our founder, Bettie Locke.