The sorority will kick off its public relations campaign on campus in the spring of 2015 before recruiting its first members in the fall, said junior Emily Beaty, president of the Panhellenic Council.
Megan Bouche, Alpha Phi’s director of collegiate extension, said she is excited about starting a new chapter at UNC and feels Alpha Phi will make a great addition to the University.
“The camaraderie and inclusiveness of the Carolina experience is something that is very important to us. The school spirit, the Carolina way and the honor code, all those pieces attribute to why Alpha Phi is the right fit at UNC,” she said.
UNC will host the 161st chapter of the sorority, which was founded in 1872 at Syracuse University.
Panhellenic Council sororities are required to own a house, Beaty said, and until Alpha Phi secures one, the group will likely hold chapter meetings in the Student Union.
The group is deciding whether it will need to construct a new building or live in an existing house, said Brittney Bahlman, a coordinator for the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement.
“It really depends on what they find in our beautiful but limited downtown Chapel Hill,” she said.
Beaty said she has already toured some existing houses, but the final decision lies with Alpha Phi.