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Vice President of Communications
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In addition to exploring the FAQ's listed below, we encourage parents to review the SigEp Fraternity Brochure compiled by our National Headquarters.
WHAT IS A FRATERNITY?
A fraternity is a group of men who believe in and live by the same set of values, and foster a close friendship through those values. These values are what keeps current chapter members, alumni, and other members across the nation together. Fraternity men honor and implement these values in every aspect of their lives. Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon adhere to the principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love.
WHY DOES SIGMA PHI EPSILON PRIDE ITSELF ON BEING DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FRATERNITIES?
Our philosophies have allowed SigEp to change the connotation of the word 'fraternity'. SigEps do not tolerate being referred to as "frat boys" or living in an "animal house". We are a fraternity of firsts, including being the first fraternity to charter a chapter in all 50 states, the first national fraternity to not discriminate recruits because of their race, the first to partner with the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy, and one of the first to adopt a non-pledging development model. Sigma Phi Epsilon strives to uphold the idea that a fraternity is not just a social organization, but rather an organization that assists and nurtures men into living the best life possible.
MY SON IS CONSIDERING JOINING SIGMA PHI EPSILON, WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
When a young man joins a SigEp chapter, he will immediately notice that he has joined a unique organization. By joining a Balanced Man Program (BMP) chapter, he becomes a member as opposed to a pledge and would be treated accordingly. The Balanced Man Program completely eliminates the traditional model system of joining a fraternity, and instead allows men to constantly develop themselves throughout their college experience, and beyond. A SigEp parent should expect their son to be involved not only in his chapter, but also on his campus, and in the community. He will be constantly encouraged to take up leadership roles that offer themselves to him, and ultimately embrace the life of a balanced man.
WHAT IS SIGMA PHI EPSILON'S STANCE ON HAZING?
Sigma Phi Epsilon's stance on hazing is clear and unwavering. Hazing is illegal; It has no place in the fraternity. We hold ourselves to the highest values, so breaking any laws, whether federal, state, or local, will not be tolerated. SigEp believes that the words "hazing" and "fraternity" are not interchangeable, and for years has been breaking the stereotype that all fraternities have a history and culture of hazing.
HOW MANY MEMBERS LIVE IN THE CHAPTER HOUSE?
We currently have 35 members living in the house, fulfilled to max capacity. We have plans to build a new multi-million dollar house with construction set to begin in the upcoming months that will house 40 brothers.
WHAT IS THE BALANCED MAN PROGRAM?
The Balanced Man Program is a system of member development that helps brothers grow as leaders, scholars, athletes, and gentlemen. It consists of four different challenges - Sigma, Phi, Epsilon, and Brother Mentor - that asks brothers to fulfill certain requirements in order to proceed on to the next challenge. The challenges are designed to: 1) Introduce brothers to fraternity life 2) Promote brothers to be active in the community, and most importantly 3) Foster the creation of strong and everlasting bonds between each other.
WHAT KIND OF FEES ARE REQUIRED TO JOIN?
Every new member pays a one time, lifetime fee to the National Fraternity, along with a semesterly fee to his chapter. Semester dues are used for social and brotherhood events, member development programs, and keeping the chapter house up and running.
Current dues are: $850 in house, $900 out of house
New Member Fee: $300 [Included in first semester due total]
WHAT ABOUT ACADEMICS?
Sigma Phi Epsilon is a national leader in academics. Academic performance and scholastic achievement are signs of Sound Minds at work. Reinforcing the value of education and its importance, Sigma Phi Epsilon exists to advance the mission of the college or university where it has a chapter. SigEp has the highest GPA out of all the national fraternities and our chapter is consistently above the university and Greek average (3rd out of 22 IFC Fraternities currently). SigEps have a strong commitment to academics, and odds are your son will make better grades as a member of SigEp.
ARE FRATERNITIES EXPENSIVE?
Annual membership dues vary with each organization on campus. Currently, financial responsibilities for all brothers are $900 per semester out of the house and $850 in the house. Annual dues for SigEp are lower than most fraternities at NCSU, and provide the best value of any fraternity on campus. NC Beta also offers a competitive scholarship for all incoming freshmen, and as a member you gain access to chapter and national SigEp scholarships. Your son is not paying for four years of fun, he is paying for unlimited priceless opportunities and experiences for the rest of his life.
CAN FRATERNITIES HELP MY SON EVEN AFTER HE GRADUATES?
Yes! Fraternity members achieve success. College graduates who belong to a fraternity or sorority tend to be more successful financially than other college graduates. 80% of the CEO's of Fortune 500 companies were in fraternal organizations, and all but two of U.S. Presidents and Vice-Presidents for the last 100 years. With a national alumni base of 300,00+ members, the associated networking opportunities and connections to be made are endless.
WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP CONTINUUM?
Sigma Phi Epsilon's Leadership Continuum is a balance of self-development and team leadership skills training composed in four programs: EDGE, the Carlson Leadership Academy, the Ruck Leadership Institute, and Traigos Quest to Greece. Through self-discovery, analysis, and interaction, brothers develop skills necessary to lead balanced lives and to continue leading the fraternity world.
DO GREEK ORGANIZATIONS TAKE UP A LOT OF TIME?
There is no set time commitment required to SigEp. Your son will get as much out of the fraternity as he puts into it and more. Whether it be a community service project, planning an event, or regular weekly meetings, Greek members have learned to manage their time wisely with other commitments such as schoolwork, a job, and significant others.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTIAL LIST OF REASONS YOUR SON WILL BENEFIT FROM SIGEP:
He will have a group of supportive friends to help him make the adjustment to college and support him throughout his life.
He will be offered scholastic resources to help him achieve his academic goals.
He will be taught leadership skills and offered hands-on opportunities to practice those skills.
He will be encouraged to get involved in the campus and the community and exercise his fullest potential.
He will be taught the importance of improving oneself through active participation in community service projects.
He will be exposed to career opportunities through interaction with fraternity alumni.