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Sigma Phi

The Sigma Phi Society
Founded 1827
Union College
Type Social, Secret Society
Scope United States
Motto Esto Perpetua
Colors White and Azure Blue
Chapters 11
Headquarters Chapel Hill, NC, USA

The Sigma Phi Society (ΣΦ) was founded on the 4th of March, 1827 on the campus of Union College as a part of the Union Triad in Schenectady, New York. It is the second oldest Greek fraternal organization in the United States and the oldest in continuous existence.[1] The Sigma Phi Society was the first Greek organization to establish a chapter at another college, which occurred with the founding of the Beta of New York at Hamilton College in 1831, thus making it the first National Greek Organization. The practices and rituals of The Sigma Phi Society are still relatively unknown due to its establishment, and continued consideration, as a secret society.[1]

Sigma Phi is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).


Some of these own buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] Chapters italicized are dormant.[2]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sigma Phi Society public website, accessed 15 May 2014.
  2. Anson, Jack L.; Marchenasi, Robert F., eds. (1991) [1879]. Baird's Manual of American Fraternities (20th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Baird's Manual Foundation, Inc. p. III-132–133. ISBN 978-0963715906. 
  3. Jessup, Philip C., Elihu Root. Vol. I, 1845-1909; Vol. II, 1905-1937. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1938.

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