Alpha Omicron Pi’s was founded in 1897 at Barnard College in New York City. Barnard was the first college in New York, and one of the first in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education that was available to men. Affiliated with Columbia University since 1900, Barnard is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the world. Stella George Stern Perry, Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Jessie Wallace Hughan, and Helen St. Clair Mullan were members of the graduating class of 1898. These brilliant and ambitious young women became firm friends and founded AOII out of a commitment to friendship for a lifetime, simplicity, good character, and high ideals.