"That which is never experienced, can never be understood"
Why Go Greek? Why SAE?

So why go Greek? This is a question that many students ask themselves. Well, this section is here to help give some information on the fraternity system as a whole and a little information on what SAE can offer. Consider these facts about the effects of fraternity experience as part of your university education:

Greeks excel in Scholarship.

- Greeks consistently achieve higher scholarship ratings than the all campus average. - Greeks have a 10% higher rate of graduation than do non-Greeks. - Greek Membership is affordable. - The US Dept. of Education states that joining a fraternity is one of the best buys in a college education.

Greeks Achieve.

- 70% of those listed in "Who's Who in America" are Greek. - 85% of the upper-level executives in the "Fortune 500 Companies" are Greek. - 43 CEOs of the top 50 U.S. companies are Greek.

Greeks Lead.

- 75% of the members of the U.S. Congress are Greek. - 85% of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices this century are/were Greek. - 100 of 158 of those who have served on the Presidents Cabinet this century are/were Greek. - All but 3 of the U.S. Presidents since 1825 have been Greek.

Greeks Give.

- As Alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities. - As undergraduates, Greeks raise approximately $7 million per year for charities. - As undergraduates, Greeks give approximately 850,000 volunteer hours per year.

Now, Why SAE?

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856. It is the only fraternity founded in the Antebellum South that still exists today. The tradition spans over 150 years, and includes over 289,000 initiates. Tennessee Eta at Union University was the fourth chapter established. This chapter, here at Union, is the longest continually running chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, nationwide. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has a rich history of brotherhood, philanthropy, as well as scholarship.


It is well known that fraternity members enjoy a much higher involvement in campus and community life than non-fraternity members. Holding an office in the local chapter is a great experience involving working with a group, and in innovative thinking and problem solving. There is a reason that Greeks enjoy holding 85% of the upper-level executive positions in the "Fortune 500 Companies", and that is because of their experiences they are better qualified in working with people and delegating authority. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon pledge program is designed to help nurture and develop the leadership potential in all of our potential members. Annually SAE hosts a national leadership conference which is open to members from all of our 206 chapters around the country.


A study by the Department of Health and Welfare has concluded, "Fraternity membership has been clearly associated with persistence to graduation." Hundreds of SAE brothers are currently participating in the student loan program through the national fraternity. Our foundation also sponsors the Residential Educational Advisor Program, which employs graduate students to serve as educational advisors in our chapters.


Participating in intramurals in college is a great way to have fun. As men, we are born to be competitive. We have intramural teams that are very competitive and enjoy winning. If that is not your forte, we also have teams that are just comprised of our guys that want to have fun and goof off. Regardless of your skill level in any given sport, there is a team for you within the fraternity that you can be a fundamental part of. If you have siblings, have you ever wondered what it would be like to play on a team with them? These teams within the fraternity give you the opportunity to play on a team full of your brothers.


Brotherhood is the main concept of a fraternity. Some may think that it is just a fun thing to do for four years, while it is, they do not appreciate the fact that when one joins, they join for life. Our over 175 Alumni chapters in the country should be testament to that fact. When in a fraternity, the ties of friendship are usually much stronger than those formed just by living in a residence hall. SAE has had over 289,000 members initiated, more than any other Greek letter organization in the world. How would you like to be next?


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