SAE History

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity was founded on March 9th, 1856 at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. Since that day almost 150 years ago, more than 260,000 gentlemen have taken up the ΣAE mission to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service to their fellow members. Based upon the ideals set forth by the Founders and as specifically enunciated in the SAE creed, these ideals are preserved by the more than 8,200 undergraduates currently spread across some 200 chapters within the US and Canada. ΣAE is North America’s largest social fraternity.

The Definition of an SAE