Alpha Tau Omega's roots date back to the Civil War and the division in our country. In 1865, an 18-year-old cadet at Virginia Military Institute named Otis Allan Glazebrook organized a group of young men from both the Confederacy and Union under their shared faith in God to found Alpha Tau Omega. This group of men helped unite those previously divided and create what would become one of the strongest national fraternities in America with over 234,000 members and 140 chapters on most major university campuses.
LOCAL CHAPTER HISTORY
Alpha Tau Omega at Oklahoma State, like all other ATO chapters nationwide, is dedicated to the elevation of men. ATO was founded at Oklahoma State University on May 24, 1947. After having several other chapter houses over the years, the ATO chapter house at 324 S. Monroe has been the gateway to the Greek community for decades. More recently the fraternity has raised Two Million Dollars to renovate the interior of the chapter house while maintaining the traditional exterior and architectural style of the house. Renovation began in December 2022 and is expected to be finished Fall semester of 2023. ATO's new kitchen will be serving the incredible food of noted area Chef, Matthew Eslinger. Dawn Bonet is the onsite ATO House Director and is an incredible resource and asset to the men of ATO.
BROTHERHOOD, FAITH, & VALUES
Pledgeship is an eight-week period of time of member education and ATO has a strict no-hazing policy both locally and nationally. During this period pledges will learn about chapter history on the local and national levels. ATO emphasizes character development, strong values, and leadership. ATO is the only OSU fraternity founded on Christian principles with a chapter house. Although you do not have to be a Christian to join, ATO is based on Christian principles rather than Greek philosophy as most fraternities adhere to. The Oklahoma State Greek system is a dry campus as no alcohol or illegal substances are allowed on chapter property at any time. Alpha Tau Omega seeks to build men up through brotherhood and hold each of its members to the highest standards.
LEADERSHIP & ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Alpha Tau Omega prides itself on being America's Leadership Development Fraternity and promoting academic success. The goal of Alpha Tau Omega is to provide a leadership role to those young men who seek to better themselves in the community and succeed academically. Academics are emphasized as the Chapter GPA for Spring 2022 was 3.33. Within Alpha Tau Omega men will be challenged to achieve their potential and encouraged to serve others. Members can lead within the fraternity and hold positions that develop skills in leadership, record-keeping, personal development, and administration. ATOs have held significant leadership roles in campus organizations over the years. Multiple ATO members have been named Top Ten Freshman, Phi Kappa Phi, Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Outstanding Seniors at OSU.
ATO NATIONAL PROGRAMS
Alpha Tau Omega is known as America's Leadership Development Fraternity because of our strong emphasis on preparing our members to be leaders on their campus and in the community. Over time we have developed over 130 Chapters, 240,000 members, over 8,300 undergraduates, and $245,000 annual Scholarships. Over the years, ATO has donated more than the equivalent of $8.1 million to philanthropies and communities, holding true to the creed of ATO: “to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world.”
We believe that members should have the opportunity to grow as individual leaders and create their own college experience. To accomplish this, the National Fraternity hosts several programs that promote and recognize strong leadership development. Click on the link below to view a brief website with some videos showing programs that are available to ATO undergraduates: