Frequently Asked Questions:
What is APO?
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity founded on the principles of leadership, friendship, and service. There are four main areas of service that APO members concentrate on: service to the campus, service to the youth of the community, service to the nation as participating citizens, and service to the chapter. (Explore our national website: http://www.apo.org/)
Who can join?
Any enrolled student at UW-Madison can join, including transfer students and graduate students. Discrimination of any kind is not permitted. You need simply the desire to become a member and practice the principles listed above.
Is APO a "greek" fraternity?
No, APO is a "greek letter" organization, not a "greek" organization. APO is a Service Fraternity, not a Social Fraternity. APO chapters do not have "houses." Members of Greek or other Greek letter organizations are welcome to join - Social Fraternity or Sorority membership does not preclude membership in APO, although pledging both organizations at the same time is discouraged.
What do I have to do to join?
New members of the fraternity undergo a pledging period (approximately 8-10 weeks long), with certain requirements that need to be met. This period is not only a time for the chapter to get to know you, but also a time for you to decide whether APO is right for you. There is absolutely NO HAZING in Alpha Phi Omega, so you should never feel pressured to join. Please visit the Docs page to see what pledges and brothers have in store each semester!
Why do people want to be members?
For those of us that are members, APO is a significant part of our lives - being a Brother means a great deal to us. We feel good about helping others through the service program. We make lasting friendships within the organization and as a direct result of being a member. We enjoy the leadership opportunities and training that the fraternity provides. This is a student organization, and we have the opportunity to make it a spectacular part of our UW campus and surrounding community!
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In 1925, our founder Frank Reed Horton felt there was a need for an organization that held a "standard of manhood" before young men that would withstand the test of time. Horton talked to the members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and to men with a Scouting background, and the groundwork was formed to create this service fraternity.
On December 16th, 1925, the Fraternity was founded on the campus of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. 14 undergraduates signed as charter members.
Alpha Phi Omega was an all-male Fraternity until 1976, when the delegates of the National Convention voted to admit women as full active Brothers. In 2005, the decision was made to make all chapters co-ed, including those that previously had not admitted women.
Distinguished alumni of Alpha Phi Omega include astronaut Jim Lovell (Beta Theta '47), Former President Bill Clinton (Mu Alpha '67), and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett (Alpha Kappa '66).