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Sigma Pi (ΣΠ) is an international college social fraternity with chapters in the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker. Like most social fraternities, membership is by invitation and limited to men. The Fraternity is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennesseemarker.


Founded on February 26, 1897 at Vincennes Universitymarker by William Raper Kennedy, James Thompson Kingsbury, George Martin Patterson, and Rolin Rosco James, it started as Tau Phi Delta (ΤΦΔ), a literary society with fraternal ideals. During its tenure as a literary society, many requests for the chartering of other chapters were denied, and expansion never occurred. Tau Phi Delta changed its name to The Sigma Pi Fraternity, United States in 1907. The name not only signified a new era for the fraternity, but a new focus, expansion. Within the first year, Sigma Pi began to build new chapters. With the establishment of the Fraternity's first Canadian chapter in 1984, the organization's name was changed to The Sigma Pi Fraternity, International. The Fraternity was the first of its kind to be founded west of the Ohio Valley and a charter member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Today, Sigma Pi consists of 132 active collegiate groups, dozens of alumni clubs, and over 90,000 initiates.


Sigma Pi promotes fellowship, scholarship, chivalry, and character by organizing social, academic, and philanthropy events for its members and the communities in which its chapters are located. In addition, a separate, but related entity, the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, manages trust assets for the educational benefit of both members and non-members. The Fraternity's "ACE" (Altruistic Campus Experience) Project is the first fraternity or sorority campus service program for chapters specifically designed to benefit their host institutions.

Sigma Pi Creed

The men of Sigma Pi are committed to a strong tradition of quality individuals joining together in the fraternity during their collegiate lives and years thereafter following the high ideal as set forth in the Sigma Pi Creed. It is the guide and ideal around which a brother patterns his life.
I Believe

in Sigma Pi, a Fellowship of

kindred minds, united in

Brotherhood to advance Truth

and Justice, to promote

Scholarship, to encourage

Chivalry, to diffuse Culture, and

to develop Character, in the

Service of God and Man; and

I will strive to make real the

Fraternity's ideals in my own

daily life.

Sigma Pi Motto

The mother of the first two initiates of Sigma Pi, Samuel and Maurice Bayard, chose the Fraternity's motto during one of the first meetings. There was some debate about the appropriate motto, and no conclusions had been reached at the time. Mrs. Bayard took a volume of Robert Browning's poems from a shelf, turned to A Death In The Desert, and read what would become the motto.
Progress, man's distinctive mark alone,

Not God's, and not the beasts';

God is, they are.

Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.

The Five Ideals

Sigma Pi Fraternity promotes five basic ideals, which a brother considers to be of extreme worth. They are the goals which every member is encouraged to strive toward in their own daily life.

The First Ideal: To establish a brotherhood.

The Second Ideal: To establish and maintain an aristocracy of learning.

The Third Ideal: To raise the standards of morality and develop character.

The Fourth Ideal: To diffuse culture and encourage chivalry.

The Fifth Ideal: To promote the spirit of civic righteousness and quicken the national conscience.

Chapters and colonies

Over several years, Sigma Pi has been able to grow the number of chapters at an accelerated rate. The Sigma Pi Executive Office has been committed to not only recruiting quality men but to support them through their "Colony Development Department". Their "Colony Development Consultants" have been able to work with colonies on the road to chartering and have developed a formula for success that has been instrumental in the establishment of many new chapters. This rapid expansion has produced 24 new chapters since 2003, lead by the Alpha Delta Chapter at Auburn University, the most successful of the Sigma Pi chapters . There are also 8 colonies on the road to active chapter status as of 2008. This is growth rate of over 25% in just five years, making Sigma Pi one of the fastest growing fraternities in terms of increased members.

Notable alumni

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Science, technology & exploration

Sports, journalism, arts & entertainment


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