Sigma Phi Epsilon
Virtue, Diligence, & Brotherly Love.
Started in December of 1901, the dream of Carter Ashton Jenkens and eleven other men became a reality as the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was born at Richmond College in Virginia. After nearly a century, SigEp is now the nation's largest fraternity, boasting over 270 chapters throughout North America, 255,000 supportive alumni, and the nation's highest all-chapter GPA, which is over a 3.1. Standing behind the values of the Balanced Man Ideal, members become immersed in an enriched environment, which presents the opportunity to approach life with a new paradigm, the Sound Mind and Sound Body philosophy.
Sigma Phi Epsilon has a long standing tradition here at Cornell. Our grassroots can be traced back to 1903, when a small law fraternity named Theta Lambda Phi stood at 112 Edgemoore Lane in Collegetown. By 1912, it found itself in need of change and it took the opportunity to merge with the growing national fraternity to become the New York Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
The Cornell chapter grew very quickly, while maintaining the fraternity values that we continue to uphold today. In 1966, the fraternity voted to move to 109 McGraw Place. From the very first days, the chapter developed a strong year-round recruitment process, an exciting and involved member development program, and a meaningful relationship with the Alumni Volunteer Corporation (AVC). Our chapter is home to 70 brothers who study a variety of subjects from all 7 colleges at Cornell. All of our members participate in and hold leadership positions at various campus organizations and professional fraternities.