Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DISTINGUISHES SIGMA PHI EPSILON FROM OTHER FRATERNITIES?
The Balanced Man Program
SigEp revolutionized the fraternity movement in 1991 by unveiling the Balanced Man Program (BMP), a concept of single-tiered membership and continuous development that begins the day a brother joins. SigEp believes the stereotypical fraternity experience does not fulfill the needs of today’s college male. The BMP offers an experience focused on scholarship, leadership, professional development and life skills. Members learn to live their best lives through unique, rewarding programming tailored to fit their needs and prepare them for the journey of life ahead.
Residential Learning Communities
As many fraternities draw the glare of the media spotlight for unacceptable behavior, educators have begun to question the role of Greek life on their campus. SigEp has continued to stand out within the Greek world by working to partner with higher education institutions, a partnership that is more vital now than ever. Colleges and universities are facing enormous cost pressure from federal and state cuts that can affect course offerings and out-of-classroom programming. At the same time, we see a growing disparity between men and women in key measures of academic success: grades, graduations rates and campus leadership.More than 49 chapters are designated as Residential Learning Communities for their efforts to work with faculty members to create unique academic programming for their brothers. And each year, more SigEp chapters meet the requirements for this profound living learning experience.
MY SON HAS BEEN ASKED TO BECOME A BROTHER. WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
When a young man joins Sigma Phi Epsilon, he discovers something unique. In joining a Balanced Man Program (BMP) chapter, he immediately becomes a brother. The BMP eliminates pledging from the chapter experience, and puts an emphasis on continued development throughout college and beyond. Your son would be surrounded by peers who are also role models and mentors, and are committed to his success.
WHAT IS THE COST OF MEMBERSHIP IN SIGEP?
Each brother pays a $300 registration fee, due within 24 hours of joining. This fee covers:
- Lifetime Responsibility of Brotherhood, the manual of SigEp.
- Fraternity pin.
- Membership card.
- Membership certificate.
- Subscription to the Journal, SigEp’s alumni magazine.
WHAT IS SIGMA PHI EPSILON’S STANCE ON HAZING?
SigEp does not tolerate hazing in any form. Read more about SigEp’s stance on hazing.
WHAT IS SIGMA PHI EPSILON'S PERSPECTIVE ON ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE ABUSE?
Sigma Phi Epsilon does not promote the use of alcohol in any manner whatsoever. Through national programming and widely available resources, Sigma Phi Epsilon helps its members understand the consequences of one’s choices when alcohol is involved. SigEp also promotes risk management guidelines to help chapters and members make smart decisions about alcohol, and it even provides financial incentives to complete alcohol education programs. Read more about SigEp’s stance on alcohol and substance abuse.
WHAT KINDS OF LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
Sigma Phi Epsilon’s offers local, regional and national leadership events, which include a balance of self-development and team leadership skills training. Through self-discovery, analysis and interaction, brothers develop skills necessary to lead balanced lives and to continue leading the fraternity world.Read more about SigEp’s leadership events.
WHO ARE SOME OF SIGEP’S ALUMNI, AND WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT THE SIGEP EXPERIENCE?
Sigma Phi Epsilon has initiated over 315,000 men since 1901. Among them are business executives, world leaders, renowned artists, celebrities, selfless civil servants, military heroes and all-star athletes. Many of SigEp’s alumni credit their fraternity experience as their first true taste of leadership. Check out some of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s prominent alumni. Thousands of alumni continue to volunteer to help chapters and members. They donate generously to the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation for leadership events and scholarships. SigEp alumni believe that the SigEp experience is a lifetime commitment, and that is why they support SigEp and its endeavors, and why they maintain the irreplaceable relationships they forged in their undergraduate days.
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about SigEp and its programming to contact chapter leaders, alumni, our volunteers in the community, and/or the Greek life professional on campus. To view a list of chapters and their leaders, go to the Chapters page and select the state and school you are interested in exploring. You can e-mail officers and volunteers from that chapter. Also, Sigma Phi Epsilon's Headquarters staff is available to help answer your questions. Check out Who to call.