About Sigma Phi Epsilon
Founded: November 1, 1901
Colors: Purple, Red, Gold
Symbols: Golden Heart
Cardinal Principles: Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love
As a national fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon has many things to offer. Founded on November 1st, 1901, in Richmond Virginia, Sigma Phi Epsilon has ascended to the top of the national Fraternity ladder; they are the largest fraternity in the nation with over 15,000 undergraduate members and over 280,000 alumni members. Even with their large numbers, they are still capable of maintaining their position as the Fraternity with the highest retention rate of undergrad members, with nearly 90% returning each year. On top of these amazing things, Sigma Phi Epsilon is also a Fraternity of Firsts:
First national fraternity to establish a housing trust for all chapters and create a National Housing Corporation.
First national fraternity to establish a traveling staff to assist chapters in effective operations.
First fraternity to charter a chapter in all 50 states.
First national fraternity Educational Foundation to build an endowment greater than $11 million.
First national fraternity to receive a grant from the federal Department of Education to enhance member development programs.
First national fraternity to provide financial assistance to brothers for graduate school through the Resident Scholar program.
First national fraternity to allow non-white, non-Christian and homosexual males to join.