In 1776 the first Greek letter fraternity was founded. Phi Beta Kappa was founded by a group of William and Mary students in Williamsburg, VA. The basic founding principle of Phia Beta Kappa was to offer an outlet for students to further their philosophic knowledge, as well as provide a social outlet for the students of William and Mary.
"Phi Beta Kappa, like Sigma Nu, was organized for those with ability, ambition, and serious purpose in life" wrote Dick Vaughn, author of Sigma Nu's timeless essay The Way of Honor.
Sigma Nu seeks members who have a serious purpose in life, as well as an ambition to succeed in whatever they do. Sigma Nu offers a collegiate experience that will further his ambition and ability to succeed during his time in school as well as his experience that will come following his collegiate career.
What is required to become an initiated member?
According to The LAW of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc., a candidate must satisfy the following requirements to become an initiated member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
1. The candidate must be a matriculate of the host university.
2. A candidate must have subscribed his name to the formal obligations of the Fraternity
3. A candidate must have completed, to the satisfaction of the Chapter, a Candidate Education Program, which has been adopted by the Chapter to emphasize the ideals, objectives, and traditions of the fraternity.
4. A candidate must have satisfied all scholarship requirements for initiation imposed by both the Chapter and Institution where the Chapter is located.
5. No Chapter shall initiate a Candidate into the Fraternity until he has paid to the CHapter Treasurer his initiation fee and all Finanacial Obligations levied on Cnadidates for INitiation by The LAW and the rules of the Chapter.
Academics - Will Sigma Nu get in the way of my son's education?
Sigma Nu exists to cultivate and develop ethical leaders. An education is the most important part of that formula. Your son is a student first, and a Sigma Nu second. To ensure this is happening, Sigma Nu in accordance with the North-American Interfraternity Council has a minimum standard that members must maintain at least a 2.6 individual semester GPA. However many of our chapters have a higher requirement for membership. In fact over 20% of our chapters have above a 3.0 GPA. Our chapter also offers study hours and other academic resources for it's members.
The Eta Chi Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Old Dominion University regularly maintains a GPA above the all Greek Men and all Undergraduate Men averages at ODU. We encourage the advancement of academics and recognize it as the prime priority while your son is in college.
We have a strong academics support program through our chapter that is intended to lend support to any men who need help with their studies and to help with study skills and time management skills for those that may need it.
Also, we realize that money can be a mitigating issue at school. This is why we have scholarships available to all brothers and candidates of our fraternity. These scholarships are primarily merit based to lend support to those that help others, contribute to the campus and community, and contribute to the fraternity as well. Anyone, freshman through graduate students, may apply and are encouraged to do so.
In August of 2008, an endowed scholarship was created in collaboration between the family of Brent M. Terres, HX-745 (1985-2008), and the Eta Chi Chapter in his loving memory. In the first few years we have raised more than $40,000.00 to be applied toward scholarships and have awarded in excess of $5,000.00 to brothers of Sigma Nu at Old Dominion University.