Facts

  • 224 total chapters, 17 colonies in 49 states
  • Approximately 11,825 collegiate members
  • Average chapter size, including pledges and actives, is 40 men.
  • One of the largest college fraternities with more than 300,0000 total iniates.
  • The Fraternity’s largest chapters are located at the University of Arkansas, with 144 members, and Texas Tech University, with 138 members.
  • There are approximately 190,000 living alumni in the Fraternity. The average colony size is 26 men, and the average colony GPA is 3.0.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon will turn 155 years old on Monday, March 9, 2011, which is our Founders Day.

Events

  • For the fourth year in a row, the Supreme Council will select 25 top-notch undergraduates to participate in an exclusive leadership training program called the Inner Circle (formerly the Phoenix Institute), which will take place April 16-18 in Prince Frederick, Maryland.
  • The 75th John O. Moseley Leadership School will take place August 5-9, 2010, on Carnival Cruise Line’s Destiny ship, which will sail the Caribbean. This is a milestone School for the Fraternity as the 75th anniversary, so the goal is to educate 1,000 brothers during this special year.
  • In 2009, many chapters sent multiple delegates to Leadership School. For example, Ohio Epsilon at the University of Cincinnati sent 16 men, and Illinois Alpha-Omega at Loyola University sent 13 men. The student-to-faculty ratio was 7.
  • The SAE Amateur Golf Tournament took place May 28-30, 2009, in Pensacola, Florida, and the 24th SAE World Series took place July 31-August 1, 2009, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Southwest Texas Alums team won first place in the series for the third time. This year’s golf tournament will take place May 20-22, and the SAE World Series will take place June 11-12.
  • The 153rd Anniversary Convention was held July 30-August 1, 2009, in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a delegation of nearly 500 members and guests. The 155th Anniversary Convention will take place in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 7-9, 2011.
  • The True Gentleman Day of Service, partnered with National Youth Service Day, was held April 24-26, 2009. Last year, more than 100 groups participated. Their time resulted in approximately 15,000 man hours of service. This year’s Day of Service will take place over the weekend of April 23-25.

Resources

  • The Fraternity maintains its web presence at www.sae.net, which includes a members-only section for chapter officers and for our online community known as Gentlemen’s Circle.
  • The Gentlemen’s Circle is an exclusive online community for members, where they can create profiles, share personal information and create networking opportunities. To date, there are more than 16,000 active profiles, dozens of events and 15,000 messages on the site from our members who are using it. In addition, Gentlemen’s Circle contains hundreds of job postings and the ability for members to post their resumes. New for 2009, Gentlemen’s Circle and Facebook profiles can be linked together via a tool that helps the programs talk to one another.
  • The website designed exclusively for undergraduate and volunteer resources is called The TGI, which is located at www.thetgi.net. In 2008, it was completely redesigned. It houses vital resources and documents, which have been downloaded more than one million times since the site first launched.
  • For the 2008-2009 academic year, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation awarded 46 named merit-based scholarships totaling $66,500 in amounts between $5,000-1,000, plus a $10,000 scholarship to the True Gentleman of the Year. It also awarded more than $120,000 through various chapter educational funds. About 150 of our chapters have chapter education funds, which are used toward Leadership School tuition, academic scholarships or other educational expenses.
  • This year, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation awarded student loans totaling more than $125,000.
  • The organization’s magazine, The Record, was voted Greek Magazine of the Year in 2007 and has earned more than 30 awards for excellence in the past four years.
  • The 2008-2009 John O. Moseley Zeal Award winner was the University of Minnesota, which is designated as Minnesota Alpha. The 2008 True Gentleman of the Year was Robert McNamara from Millikin University. The 2008 Province Archon of the Year was Thomas Hailey from Province Sigma.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon has completed its 2009-2010 Alumni Directory, which features as many of our alumni contact information as possible. The book contains 1,672 pages.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapters raised nearly $90,000 in 2008 for Children’s Miracle Network, our preferred national philanthropy. Pennsylvania Eta-Gamma at Villanova University raised $40,000 of that amount via its annual golf tournament.
  • The Phoenix, the Fraternity’s pledge manual, is now in its 11th revision. More than 20,000 books were printed, and each Phoenix contains 272 pages of content for a total of nearly 10,000 square inches of paper per book.

Trends

  • Numbers for pledges, initiates and colonizations continue to increase each year. For example, we have more total undergraduate members than we did one year ago at this time.
  • Revenue from pledge and initiation fees, annual dues, risk-management fees and other revenue increased 13% over two years.
  • The Fraternity has maintained and grown a self-insured retention fund, or SIR.