Interested In ATO?

If you’re looking for a place where you belong, a place to have fun, and a place where you can grow and develop in meaningful ways with like-minded individuals, ATO is that place.

But more than a place, Alpha Tau Omega is an opportunity. It allows you to be part of something much bigger than a college experience, a brotherhood that makes a difference and a brotherhood with a strong values-based foundation.

Since 1865, Alpha Tau Omega has been a provider of amazing opportunities. More than 225,000 men have become ATOs and taken advantage of an experience that is like nothing else.

As America’s Leadership Development Fraternity, ATO provides a great opportunity for young men who are looking for a truly unique fraternity experience.

Interested In ATO?


What Is ATO?

  • Top Tier Division-1 Fraternity

    ATO gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself, and to be a part of a Top Tier fraternity. ATO is among the top 10 fraternities in all the right categories. ATO has the programs, resources and membership network to make your ATO experience a positive one, for life.
  • To bind men together in a brotherhood based upon eternal and immutable principles, with a bond as strong as right itself and as lasting as humanity; to know no North, no South, no East, no West, but to know man as man, to teach that true men the world over should stand together and contend for supremacy of good over evil; to teach not politics, but morals; to foster, not partisanship, but the recognition of true merit wherever found; to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world: these were the thoughts and hopes uppermost in the minds of the founders of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
  • The ATO Story

    Founded on Sept. 11, 1865 in the aftermath of the Civil War, ATO is the first Fraternity founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, rather than greek principles. Three Virginia Military Institute cadets saw the pain and anguish caused by the war and decided to act on the opportunity to create an organization that would help heal the wounds of the Civil War and re-unite the nation.

    Read more of the ATO Story…


The ATO Experience

Imagine being part of a brotherhood of highly motivated and intelligent men who will encourage you when you need it, carry you when times are tough, and build you up to unleash your potential. "As iron sharpens iron," ATO challenges you to be better than you were yesterday.

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 the past year, ATO 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.”

The ATO Experience


National Programs

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 and that promote and recognize strong leadership development.

  • Altitude

    Altitude provides ATO members the opportunity to spend a week in the Colorado Rockies backpacking and climbing to an elevation of over 14,000 ft. More importantly, it enables participants to develop their decision making processes and their vision, morals, and integrity. Altitude focuses on teaching undergraduate members what it takes to be a servant leader, discussing the deeper issues of life pertaining to faith and values, and preparing them to become ambassadors of positive change.

    See photos from the latest Altitude trips on Facebook or the Official ATO Flickr Stream.

    ATO Flickr Stream - Altitude

    For more information about Altitude, contact Director of Expansion and Lead Facilitator Bobby Grangier at
  • Leadershape

    The LeaderShape Institute provides participants the opportunity to develop their values-based leadership skills. Developed and implemented by ATO, attendees spend a week in a retreat setting, with small groups called family clusters. Here they learn team building, goal-setting, and collaboration skills. Participants leave the institute with a vision, complete with action steps and measurable goals. LeaderShape is regarded among higher education professionals as one of the top leadership development institutes in the country.

    See photos from the latest chapter-based Leadershape sessions on Facebook or the Official ATO Flickr Stream.

    ATO Flickr Stream - Leadershape

    Find out how Leadershape started as an ATO program on For more information about the Leadershape Institute, visit

  • The success highlight show, ATO Roadshow, provides individuals and chapters the opportunity to be recognized in a quick, powerful way with video segments of events and programs to help provide ideas and show the positive impact of the Fraternity.

    Check out the latest video highlight video of ATO Roadshow from this past fall:

    See photos from the latest ATO Roadshow visits on Facebook or the Official ATO Flickr Stream.

    Visit to view individual posts from our chapters. You can also check out the video archive for past event highlights.
  • Emerging Leaders Conference

    Nine days. Nine cities. Nine conferences. The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) series is designed to strengthen and embolden the leadership capabilities of your new brothers. ELCs provide support and ideas, helping members shape the future of their chapters and the entire Fraternity.

    See photos from the latest Emerging Leaders Conference on Facebook or the Official ATO Flickr Stream.

    ATO Flickr Stream - Emerging Leaders Conference 2013

  • There are few extracurricular activities that are as challenging as they are rewarding than chapter president. To better equip these men to lead, ATO provides extra training to chapter presidents, giving them the best opportunity to succeed in the most important leadership position within the chapter.

    See photos from previous Presidents Retreats on Facebook or the Official ATO Flickr Stream.

    ATO Flickr Stream - Presidents Retreat
  • Alpha Tau Omega Congress

    This year is particularly momentous as ATO celebrates its 150th anniversary. A great deal has changed since 1865 and you can see it clearly evidenced with the 'Ruh Rah Roadtrip' in the video below. This video highlights the scope of what ATO has become as it spans the furthest reaches of the country all while creating even more buzz about the 150th Celebration.


    Every 2 years, this 3-day convention provides the opportunity for alumni and undergraduates to network and connect with one another while recognizing and celebrating the successes of ATO chapters and individuals nationwide. Through additional educational programming and notable speakers, attendees learn from the best. Cutting edge technology - including a live-stream feed for non-attendees - makes ATO Congress one of the most interactive and unique experiences ATO has to offer.

    See photos from the latest ATO Congress on Facebook or the Official ATO Flickr Stream.

    ATO Flickr Stream - ATO Congress
  • Virtual Training

    Virtual Training
    ATO gives its members the best opportunity to stay informed through the use of the latest technology. ATO is the first and only fraternity to offer virtual consulting as a viable resource for member training and on-demand consultations. Staying in touch with chapters and growing expansions and colonies is crucial to the health of our organizations, and the National Fraternity is committed to keeping connected with members in ways that are relevant to them.

    See photos from the our latest virtual training sessions on Facebook or the Official ATO Flickr Stream.

    ATO Flickr Stream - Virtual Training
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    Life Loyal Tau

    ATOs have the opportunity to stay connected to the National Fraternity and expand their ATO network through membership in the Life Loyal Tau program, a worldwide alumni association.

    The strength of Alpha Tau Omega is fueled by the support of individuals like you who unite to promote its achievements. Through the years, Taus have elevated themselves while living The Creed and have helped create a lasting impression as the Founders intended. From Otis Allan Glazebrook to Taus yet born, the Life Loyal Tau membership is the best way to show your appreciation and support and take part in the enduring spirit and heritage of Alpha Tau Omega.

    Find out more about Life Loyal Tau at To see a full listing of ATO brothers who have committed to making their ATO experience Life Loyal, check out the Life Loyal Taus page.
  • The ATO Foundation

    Founded in 1935 by a $5,000 gift from Erskine Mayo Ross, one of the Founders of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Alpha Tau Omega has been entrusted with an important and influential role in the lives of its young men. It honors this trust by providing educational programs and scholarships of the highest standards.

    Each year, the ATO Foundation award more than $100,000 in national scholarships to ATOs across the country. Among the Foundation's many scholarship opportunities are the National Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships as well as the J. Milton Richardson Theological Fellowship, the Lawrence A. Long Memorial Law Scholarship, the Authur Sailer Pharmacology Scholarship and the Richard A. Ports Public Affairs Award. All undergraduate and graduate members in good standing are encouraged to apply.

    For more information about the ATO Foundation and it's scholarship offerings, visit


Why Join ATO?

We could give you every reason to join; however, we would rather you hear from some of our undergraduate members on why they decided to become ATOs on their campuses.

  • "My decision to join ATO was, is, and always will be one of the best decisions of my life. Through it I have gained a second family, built relationships that will last forever, and become a leader in my chapter and throughout campus."

    Why I Joined ATO - Smith Meyers

    ATO is my home away from home. I know how cliche that sounds but it is the truth. My brothers understand me and I am more comfortable around them than anyone else besides my immediate family. Whenever I am asked what my favorite part about being an ATO is I always respond with the times I spend just hanging out at the chapter house with my brothers talking about past experiences we have shared together and looking forward to what the future will bring. The support I receive from my brothers and the unity I experience on a daily basis is unlike anything I have ever been a part of before. ATO has also allowed me to build relationships outside of the active chapter as well. I talk with alumni and my national advisor on a weekly basis, I have made relationships that will last me forever with members of sororities and other undergraduates on campus, and because of the people skills I have learned throughout my time as an active brother I am able to build new relationships on a daily basis. Finally, the most significant impact ATO has had on my college career has been developing me into a leader that will make a strong positive impact on my present community and wherever life will take me in the future. My leadership experience in ATO has lead me to be the first Sophomore Chapter President in over 30 years, get involved in Student Government where I make decisions that will affect the entire student body now and for many years to come, be one out of ten students selected to travel to DC to lobby congressmen on behalf of the university, sit on a committee which allocates over 20 million dollars to provide services to students, be a part of leadership and honorary organizations such as Florida Blue Key, and much more.

    Smith Meyers
    University of Florida
  • "When I saw Alpha Tau Omega on my campus, they really shattered a lot of the preconceived notions I had about what a fraternity was. When I met them personally, I realized that they were all great people and that their friendship was something I wanted to be apart of. After I learned the principles of what ATO stands for, I knew for sure that I'd made the right choice."

    Why I Joined ATO - Sam Satterfield

    Alpha Tau Omega has helped me grow so much as a person. When I joined as a freshmen, there were some many older guys that mentored me and helped me grow. These guys helped me grow as a leader and as a man and inspired so much confidence in myself. As I've gotten older, I've met alumni who have done the same thing & been able to help me so much. My brothers are some of my best friends. And there is no doubt in my mind that even after I leave college I'll maintain these friendships.

    Sam Satterfield
    University of North Alabama
  • "ATO has made an impact in many facets of my life within just three short years. It started with developing relationships with other men that shared similar aspirations and morals. "

    The relationships I have gained will last far past my time at Belmont and have given me an unfaltering support system. ATO has also become a catalyst for other leadership roles outside of the fraternity. Taking leadership positions within my fraternity not only allowed me to see my full potential, but also taught me how to manage groups and communicate ideas effectively. This in turn has translated well over to internships and other jobs I have had with external organizations. ATO has given me a new perspective on how to look at service as well. Raising money and developing signature events for our philanthropy has shown me fraternities have an immense power to make a difference in their community and more directly their campus. I can honestly say my campus is made better through the constant hard work that my fraternity does on a daily basis.

    Robert Storrow
    Belmont University
  • "Truth be told, I didn’t intend on joining a fraternity when I got to college. I didn’t believe that it was “for me.” The second day of school my freshmen year, one of our seniors at the time sat down next to me in class. He invited me to the first recruitment event and I was hooked after that."

    Soon after I joined, I became part of the Provost’s Leadership Academy, and became leader of my group of 25 students. The biggest difference I noticed immediately was how quickly I became involved on campus. I dove into every philanthropy, social, signature event, and good time related that I could. I made friends and bonded with brothers that I know I’ll have for the rest of my life. After being initiated I was given the opportunity to be our Recruitment Chairmen, and then I was reelected to the same position for another term. I learned valuable skills and developed in my character as a brother, and as a man. I made the decision to run for Vice President and was elected to the opportunity to help run this chapter. It is an honor and has been a privilege thus far. I am excited to see where this position will take me, and how it will continue to help grow as a brother, leader, and as a man.

    Michael Millard
    Kent State University
  • "I saw that many ATO's had influential roles in leadership, ranging from Orientation Leaders to the Student Congress executive board. By the time rush week came along, I knew that I wanted to become a brother. "

    Why I joined ATO - Mathew Thomas

    After joining Alpha Tau Omega, my brothers pushed me to excel on campus as well as in the classroom. Upon initiation, the chapter felt that I would serve well on the executive board and at that point, I was able to start building on experiences as a true leader. Two years after joining this fraternity, I was able to take a huge stride on campus with taking on Vice President of the Student Body at the University of Texas at Arlington. This fraternity constantly reminds me of my values and allows me to follow a moral compass that will eventually lead to my success. I recently made the decision to invest in this fraternity, and become a Life Loyal Tau. Every day, I chose to live my life by a message that I was taught during my pledgeship:

    “I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end” –Abraham Lincoln

    Mathew Thomas
    University of Texas at Arlington
  • "When I left home to come to college, I left friends I had known since grade school to come to a brand new place not knowing a single person. I left the familiarity of knowing my friends' families, backgrounds, experiences, and goals after 8+ years of friendship and bonding. In just a few short months of recruitment, I found that familiarity, friendship, bonding, and brotherhood in ATO."

    At its core, college is a place for growth - in knowledge, leadership, friendship, and ability. For me, ATO is the place in college which has provided this growth. Because of ATO, I have had the opportunity to be President of the largest all-male student organization on campus; to interact and build relationships with Deans, Provosts, Directors, and administrators with whom other students will never speak; and to develop leadership, conversational, and problem-solving skills that can be applied for the rest of my life. ATO has made and will continue making its mark on my life through the brothers I know, the skills I have gained, and the experiences I will always remember. ATO has been the most influential part of my college career serving as my home, my family, and my support system. I cannot imagine my life had I not made the vital decision to become a member of this wonderful organization and I will spend my life trying to give back to ATO what it has given to me through my college experience.

    Kevin Groll
    Vanderbilt University
  • "I joined because Alpha Tau Omega influences me, and all who are involved, to hold the self to superior moral code; a moral code that is much stronger than where I would ever be without joining this brotherhood."

    Why I Joined ATO - Jacobe Naracher

    When I got to college, a fraternity was never #1 on my priority list; due to the fact I didn’t think I was going to be able to balance school work with the time commitment of a fraternity. The only thing I wanted to do was be involved, with something, anything, just wasn’t sure about the fraternal commitment.
    I am a firm believer in the notion that we attract a certain quality of life based upon the people we surround ourselves with. In joining ATO, I was able to surround myself with motivated, strong minded gentlemen. After only popping my head into the house for a few weeks, the presence of true leaders stood at every corner. ATO has given me a chance to be a part of something bigger than me; a chance to live my life based upon the qualities of what it takes to be a member of an organization as strong as Alpha Tau Omega. In the process of becoming a member, I got the chance to learn the history and the principles of what our founders truly believed in. This Fraternity is much more than the amazing relationships it brings into my life. This Fraternity gives me a foundation in which to work towards, always striving to live with the morals that ATO stands for. These are the morals that inspire me to work as hard as I do on an everyday basis. One of my role models in my life, my grandfather, approached me at a holiday event and put out his hand for a handshake, and at first I had no idea what he was doing, until he revealed “the grip”, and slowly began to sing… “Ruh rah rega….” ATO creates role models for all who choose to follow; I joined ATO to bring out the best in myself each and every day.

    Jacobe Naracher
    Albion College
  • "Coming from a small high school and into a large public institution, I saw the potential that ATO could provide for me academically, socially, and professionally."

    Why I Joined ATO - David Butter

    When I got to college, a fraternity was never #1 on my priority list; due to the fact I didn’t think I was going to be able to balance school work with the time commitment of a fraternity. The only thing I wanted to do was be involved, with something, anything, just wasn’t sure about the fraternal commitment.
    In ATO, I found a group of like-minded men who became my family here at Florida State University. Coming from a small high school and into a large public institution, I saw the potential that ATO could provide for me academically, socially, and professionally. Throughout my short journey in ATO I have been able to network with leaders from all across the nation, work in a professional environment with a high level of intensity, and more importantly develop my skills as a leader and qualities as a man. I couldn’t be more honored to call the guys that I have met along the way my brothers.

    David Butter
    Florida State University
  • "The best I have gained at Clemson thus far has been the brothers that I am with everyday and the bond that we have all formed."

    Why I Joined ATO - Corbin Lee

    After joining ATO, the networking within the chapter became evidently advantageous to us younger members. ATOs from our chapter were involved with just about everything here at Clemson University. Since pledging ATO, I joined Clemson Undergraduate Student Government, specifically on undergraduate senate, where I have now served two terms. After my first term, I was elected to the executive board of CUSG Senate, and I attribute my confidence to run for my seat to the brothers within ATO that supported me from day one. As a result of my position on senate, I was able to allocate over one hundred thousand dollars from the Clemson Capital Improvement fund. This fund goes to projects that aim to better the lives of students on a daily basis at Clemson University.

    Corbin Lee
    Clemson University



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Where Can I Join?

ATO has more than 134 chapters nationwide, and we're expanding to new schools each year! Look further down on this page for your state to see if there is a chapter, colony, or interest group near you. Don't see your school? Be sure to let us know below so we can get you some information about starting your own chapter.
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A chapter is an established membership of ATO that is chartered on an existing university/college campus: the opportunity to join something bigger than yourself.
An expansion is a returning or brand new establishing of ATO at a campus: the opportunity to create your own college and fraternity experience as a Founding Father.
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