Second Initiation – 1898

Our Founding

In the late nineteenth century, what we know today as Case Western Reserve University existed as two separate universities: Case School of Applied Sciences (which later became Case Institute of Technology) and Western Reserve University. In 1888, Western Reserve University split into Men's and Women's Colleges.

The first sororities at Western Reserve University began as Greek study groups with a focus on self-improvement. Delta Phi Upsilon became the first of these groups to adopt Greek letters, formalizing their status as a sorority in 1896.

On March 7, 1897, one woman broke from one of these unlettered Greek groups and she and four of her friends decided to form their own group, Sigma Psi Women's Fraternity. These women, Elsie Davies, Cornelia Olmstead Ranney, Grace Lottridge Richardson, Edith Lottridge Kimball, and Anna Camp Edwards. The first pledge class was composed of Mary Case, Clare Metcalf Keating, and Elizabeth Coit Williams. All eight women are considered out founding members. These women created and passed down a legacy of sincerity, faithfulness, and fidelity, which we are exceptionally proud of today.

Early History



The Next 100 Years

Sigma Psi is one of the oldest local sororities in the United States.

We take great pleasure in knowing that all of our sisters have walked down the same paths, braced against the same Cleveland weather, have been tied to the same institution, and have all earned places in our long and storied history. We invite you to explore our website (and the active’s website) to learn more!