Sigma Phi Epsilon History
Nationally, Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded on November 1, 1901 at Richmond College (now University of Richmond) by twelve men and one common belief, "This Fraternity Will Be Different." That belief is still fully present in the organization today. Sigma Phi Epsilon may not be the oldest fraternity, but it is the largest and it continues to produce distinguished gentlemen through the Balanced Man Program. Notable alumni include Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, founder of Wendy's Dave Thomas, and countless others.
The Illinois Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded on February 10, 1973. Since then, this chapter has always had a rich history of local and national awards, above average grade point average, brothers who serve as campus leaders in many Student Organizations, and deep bonds of brotherhood that extend far beyond the four years of college.