About Zeta Tau Alpha
In 1898, nine young women at the Virginia State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) formalized their friendship by forming Zeta Tau Alpha. Away from home for the first time, these 15- and 16-year-olds longed for companionship while they studied to be teachers. Fearing their unique friendship would fade without a formal bond to sustain it, they met in secret by candlelight in the bathroom of their dormitory. At the start, they used only three question marks as their group name. The first minute book of regular meetings states Zeta Tau Alpha was organized Oct. 15, 1898.
Learn more about how Zeta Tau Alpha was founded.
The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation is the philanthropic and fundraising arm of the Fraternity. The Foundation leads our efforts in breast cancer education and awareness, provides nearly $900,000 in scholarships annually, and sponsors educational and leadership opportunities for our members and others.
The ZTA Fraternity Housing Corporation is the largest in the Panhellenic world and provides safe, secure and competitive housing for all our collegiate members.
Zeta Tau Alpha Kappa Omicron chapter is one of the two, on campus sororities at Merrimack College. Built off of the foundations of breast cancer education and awareness and the timeless bond of sisterhood, we represent some of the most extraordinary, passionate, and involved women that Merrimack has to offer. Each sister in our chapter brings something unique to Kappa Omicron, making us the outstanding organization that we are. We were the winners of the Most Outstanding Organization at Merrimack for 2017, and were awarded Crown Chapter this past summer. All of these accomplishments accompanied by our individual successes throughout the chapter add up to what makes us who we are here at Kappa Omicron.