Phi Mu was founded in 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the first college chartered to grant degrees to women. Originally founded as the Philomathean Society, a literary club, we are the second-oldest sorority in the nation. For nearly 170 years, Phi Mu has provided social opportunities, a support network and personal enrichment resources to the nearly 200,000 women who have joined our sisterhood.
Founded in 1852, Phi Mu is a women’s organization which provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. Phi Mu promotes vibrant living, encouraging members to achieve their personal best.
Phi Mu’s National Headquarters is located in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. The building is home to both Phi Mu Fraternity and Phi Mu Foundation and includes our leadership training center, library, conference rooms, office space and Carnation Collection, Phi Mu’s boutique. The Phi Mu National Headquarters also contains our museum which displays many artifacts and memorabilia spanning our long history.
The address is:
400 Westpark Drive
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Adopted in 1916, Phi Mu’s Creed is the uniting statement that provides the basis for the Phi Mu member experience and defines what it means to be a noble woman. Although Phi Mu was founded on Christian values as referenced in our Creed, our organization welcomes women of any or no religious belief.
To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.
To think of God as a protector and guide of us all.
To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost.
To be to others what we would they would be to us.
To keep our lives gentle, merciful and just,
thus being true to the womanhood of love.
To walk in the way of honor, guarding the purity of our thoughts and deeds.
Being steadfast in every duty, small or large.
Believing that our given word is binding.
Striving to esteem the inner man above culture, wealth or pedigree.
Being honorable, courteous, tender,
thus being true to the womanhood of honor.
To serve in the light of truth, avoiding egotism, narrowness and scorn.
To give freely of our sympathies.
To reverence God as our Maker, striving to serve Him in all things.
To minister to the needy and unfortunate.
To practice day by day love, honor, truth.
Thus keeping true to the meaning, spirit and reality of Phi Mu.
Phi Mu’s coat of arms was designed in 1904 by Annie Laurie Mallory Parker and Louise Monning Elliott, who were both collegiate members of the Alpha Chapter at Wesleyan College.
The coat of arms consists of a red shield supported by two lions, our mascot. The shield includes the Phi Mu badge and under it is Phi Mu’s open motto, Les Soeurs Fideles, “the Faithful Sisters.” Above the shield is the crest, the lighted lamp of knowledge in gold.
Phi Mu’s official colors are rose (pink) and white, which can be traced back to the Philomathean Society.
Phi Mu’s official flower is the rose-colored, enchantress carnation. While the rose-colored carnation in the language of flowers refers to “women’s love and sisterhood,” Lillian Estes Davis, Alpha, Grand Historian in 1907-1908, wrote that “pink carnations are, and always have been, the emblematic flower.”
The Greek letters “Phi” and “Mu” are used in communications and merchandise.
The Phi Mu Badge is a unique barbed quatrefoil shield of gold overlaid with a black shield bearing the two bonds, three stars, a hand clasping a heart and the Greek letters “Phi Mu.”
The Phi pin (or provisional/new member pin) is a black and gold shield with the Greek letter “Phi.”
A lion named Sir Fidel is the official mascot of Phi Mu.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has been Phi Mu’s national philanthropic partner since 1986. You can read more about our partnership with CMN Hospitals here.