Membership & Pledge
in Sigma Chi is not open for all, but only
for a select group of students that must
meet our minimum criteria for membership.
That minimum criterion is
delineated in the Jordan
Standard, which states that no
man shall be allowed to be a member of Sigma
Chi who is not believed to be:
• A Man of Good Character
• A Student of Fair Ability
• With Ambitious Purposes
• A Congenial Disposition
• Possessed of Good Morals
• Having a High Sense of Honor, and
• A Deep Sense of Personal Responsibility
In addition to these requirements,
all students with no prior college must
have a high school GPA minimum of 2.5 and/or
an ACT score minimum of 15. Students with
a college GPA must have a minimum cumulative
GPA of 2.5.
is the purpose of Pledgeship?
should I expect from Pledgeship?
would be my time commitment?
much will it cost?
I live in the house?
Purpose of Pledgeship
Pledging in Sigma Chi is
the preparation of prospective members for
a personal commitment to the ideals for
which Sigma Chi stands, and for the understanding
and acceptance of the fundamental precept
of our Fraternity that true friendship,
brotherhood and the lifelong development
of character demand accountability for one’s
course in the Fraternity, in college, and
throughout life. Preparation for brotherhood
is the beginning of our fraternal experience,
and has as its paramount goal the communication
of expectations of our brothers, our academic
institutions and our society concerning
educational attainment, personal development
and the contribution of value in all aspects
of the world around us. Preparation for
brotherhood is the challenge we offer those
individuals who would become our brothers
to discover the personal commitment that
underlies our ideals, and to adopt it as
their lifelong binding obligation.
While many fraternities
are moving away from the concept of “pledgeship,”
we maintain its necessity for the survival
of our great Fraternity. This does not mean
that pledge’s are hazed or treated
as second-class members of the organization.
They are not. We simply believe that the
noble and lofty ideals and teachings encompassed
in our Ritual have a meaning too profound
to be adequately appreciated without some
prior knowledge of their significance. That
learning is at the heart of our pledge program.
The enduring bonds of Sigma Chi brotherhood
can only be forged among men who understand
and appreciate the ideals upon which the
Fraternity was established. Pledgeship is
a critical first stage for those hoping
to attain that appreciation and understanding.
What should I expect
The process of pledgeship
consists of intellectual exercises, shared
experiences, and cultivation of friendship
of a higher order – all aimed at enlisting
worthy men in a meaningful commitment of
Learning the history and
operational workings of the Fraternity are
only a part of pledgeship. Pledges are asked
not only to learn facts, but are stimulated
to consider the relevance of those facts
to Sigma Chi, their own lives, and the world
at large. It is this thoughtful contemplation
and introspection that enables the pledge
to understand the significance and powerful
meaning of the ideals and teachings of Sigma
Chi and our Ritual.
Other important objectives
coincide with the aims of Sigma Chi through
pledgeship, including academic success,
development of leadership skills and social
responsibility, and service to the community.
The pledge period provides a time for the
pledge to become an integral part of the
organization in these areas even before
What would my time
Sigma Chi is an organization
from which you will get out of it what you
put in. There are some minimum requirements,
however. Your time commitment as a pledge
is not different from your time commitment
as an active member. Typically, we have
one meeting each week that is required and
maybe one other required event each week.
Study hours may also be required. Most other
activities are not required, although we
encourage all of our members to participate
as much as possible. No activities are required
that conflict with class or other academic
Remember, students who are
more involved report greater satisfaction
from their college experiences. The vast
majority of college students have time for
and would even benefit from Sigma Chi membership.
How much will it
The average cost per semester
for members of Sigma Chi is around $300
First semester, new members
will have to pay to Sigma Chi International
• Pledge Fee - $90
• Initiation Fee - $175
In addition, pledge dues are $_____________.
Total cost for first semester,
then, is $_________.
Thereafter, the cost for membership is $________.
Remember, Sigma Chi and
this chapter provide numerous scholarships
available to our members to help with the
cost of school.
What about housing?
The Sigma Chi House is located
in Greek Housing Building H. It is the house
closest to Towers. Most of our members are
expected to live in the house, although
senior members are typically allowed to
move off campus. Pledges are encouraged
to move into the house if possible. This
is not an absolute requirement, however
most members want to live in the house.