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Kappa Alpha Order at Clemson University is unique to all other chapters within Greek Life for the simple fact that we have a strong sense of unity and togetherness. Our fraternity offers a life-long bond with around 130 other members that will always be there for you. Not only do we consider ourselves to be friends, we take pride in the fact that we have strong brotherhood. From academic assistance to just having someone always there to spend your time with, Kappa Alpha Order truly offers an experience unlike any other organization.

Kappa Alpha Order nationally was founded on December 21, 1865 and the chapter was founded at Clemson University on January 12, 1970.


The cost to join Kappa Alpha Order is roughly $850 in the new member semester. Every semester, after the new member semester, is roughly $750.

The new member period length is 6 weeks. This means that members who receive a bid will be initiated 6 weeks after they receive and accept their bid. The new member period includes becoming familiar with the values, history, and members of Kappa Alpha Order through the Kappa Alpha Order Varlet. If you would like to learn more about the Varlet and New Member Experience, please explore our National Office’s resources below.




Kappa Alpha Order hosts a Fall Semester Parents Weekend that has raised over $40,000 for Camp Cole in the last three years through donations, silent auctions, and more. Kappa Alpha Order hosts a Thomas H. Few Cookout every Spring Semester, raising over $50,000 for the Thomas H. Few Memorial Scholarship since 2020. If you would like to learn more about Thomas H. Few or Camp Cole, please explore our resources below: 

Or, contact our Philanthropy Chairs:

Ben Bryson (serving until May 2024): ‭(864) 313-4898‬
Sam McLeod (serving from May 2024-December 2024): ‭(704) 402-3264‬

Kappa Alpha Order’s New Members also deliver local donuts and coffee to the Clemson Fire Department each Sunday of their New Member Period.

The values of the organization are:

REVERENCE- God and women Our motto is “Dieu et Les Dames” and reminds each of us that there is a Higher Being in our lives. Just as our founders were in 1865, we are called together to demonstrate our Reverence for God and to cultivate our moral faculties.

GENTILITY- Chivalry and respect for all The second part of our motto reminds us that the Age of Chivalry idealized woman and honored her. The modern gentleman continues this practice of Gentility, showing respect and humility to all that he encounters on his campus, in his family, in his community, and in his career.

KNOWLEDGE- Continuous lifelong learning The mind is immortal, and we are called upon to seek Knowledge and develop our character throughout our lives. Our quest for this lifelong learning is manifested in our academic success, our career achievements, and the positive impact we have on our communities.

LEADERSHIP- Development of character We are leaders among men. We demonstrate this Leadership by setting the proper example of the modern gentleman and by serving mankind in whatever manner we are called. We demonstrate courage and perseverance as we both lead and follow.

BROTHERHOOD- Faithful unto death We are bound to each other—for life. We befriend and assist our brothers, especially in times of need. Fratres Usque Ad Aram Fideles.

EXCELLENCE- Always aiming higher Our aim is Onward and Upward, and it is in this direction that we continually strive. Through hard work and dedication, we endeavor to achieve this Excellence in all that undertake, with a vision of making the world a better place.




Kappa Alpha Order won the academic chapter scholar award for 3.0 chapter average GPA from their National Organization.



For the last three semesters in a row, Kappa Alpha Order won the Academic Chapter Scholar Award for a 3.25 chapter average GPA from the Kappa Alpha Order National Organization.

Kappa Alpha Order hosts a chapter-wide, on-campus Study Hall for all members every Monday-Thursday. Members and New Members with a GPA below the National standard of 2.8 must attend each Study Hall.

“This fraternity provided me a large number of people that I can say are truly my closest friends.”





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