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In the new millenium, SigEp leads the way in eliminating the typical fraternity stereotype by emphasizing community service, scholarship, athleticism, gentlemanly conduct, and leadership.

Sigma Phi Epsilon is the nation�s leading fraternity. With over 240,000 total initiates, we�re the kind of national powerhouse that has seen everything from senators to Stanley Cup champions. But what does it mean to you? College is about creating a balance in your life. And SigEp helps you do just that. The national ideals of Sigma Phi Epsilon revolve around the concept of the Balanced Man: leadership, scholarship, sportsmanship, and friendship. At Columbia, SigEp follows the trend of its national counterparts. We�ve got nationally ranked athletes, student council presidents, syndicated columnists, deejays, newspaper editors, and some of the most interesting personalities on campus.

Getting Involved

Being a "balanced man" means not only working towards academic achievement, but also getting involved -- be it in athletics, extracurricular activities, or community service. Sigma Phi Epsilon gets involved in nearly every aspect of the Columbia community: our brothers are members of varsity sports teams, student councils, and student activist groups. But we also know how to have a good time while we're at it. This past year, a group of brothers decided to journey down to Virgnia to celerate SigEp's centennial anniversary with our mother chapter at the University of Richmond. On the way they also managed to visit the University of Virgina, and meet the SigEps there as well.


Look around this campus. You won�t just see the leaders of tomorrow. You�ll see the leaders of today. And if you look closely, you'll also see that many of them are wearing the SigEp letters. Here�s a quick look at what some of the current brothers are involved in:

  • Ed Gulko - Captain Columbia Men's Water Polo Team
  • Chris Parker - King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe, Professional Hollywood actor
  • Matt Blasco - Columbia Ski Team, Chapter President
  • Chaue Shen - Engineering Class Council Member
  • Pete Shaker - Order of Omega President
  • Carlos Bermudez - Captain Columbia Lacrosse Team
  • Aaron Farber - Columbia Diving Team
  • Jeff Engler - President Columbia Habitat for Humanity and Public Color
  • Zach Silverzweig- Columbia Records Vice-President
  • Brian Wagner - Writer for the Spectator


With the largest mentoring network in the country, SigEp can also be about your career. Thousands of SigEps have graduated to become some of the most successful members in their respective fields, and many of them continue to give back to the organization that gave them so much. Men like Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, sitcom star Carroll O�Connor, and movie star John Goodman. Men like Congressman Steve Bartlett, Governor John Engler, and General James Latham. Men like major league pitcher Orel Hershiser, NFL Hall of Fame tackle Bob Lilly, and Texas Rangers/Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks. Men like you. The balanced man.

The Quest to Greece

In 2000, Columbia Alumnus Matthew Matlack started a new program known as the Balanced Man Quest to Greece that took six promising undergrads to Greece to learn about the roots of the Greek system. Find out more here.