Timeless Principles

The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and accomplishment of the ideals of Friendship, Justice and Learning within our membership. They are referred to as The Three Great Aims of our Fraternity.

Our brotherhood has its roots in the collegiate experience and engenders a lifelong commitment to strive to achieve true friendship, equal justice for all and the fulfillment of learning as part of our overall responsibilities to the broader communities in which we live.


When the Founders came together to form the Fraternity in 1855, one of the core beliefs that each shared with the group was a mutual belief in the idea of true friendship. They believed that true friendship is best found through true service to each other by working to lift each other up to be the best versions of themselves. Their quality of character and their practice of core values and proper manners formed a close-knit brotherhood, very similar to the one we promote as a General Fraternity today. We pursue the ideal of friendship through the emulation of character qualities embodied in the Ritual, and we aim to help our fellow brothers achieve their goals as well.


We continuously pursue the aim of Justice through a commitment of every member of Sigma Chi to promote fairness, decency and good will through our every interaction. Further, justice is found within Sigma Chi through the observance of the Fraternity’s governing laws and through adherence to the decisions of our legislative assemblies, which empower and direct our leadership. Doing the right thing, above anything else, was the sole reason for the birth of the Fraternity and that spirit echoes in Sigma Chi today.


Sigma Chi believes that learning is constant and is not linear. Rather, the process of learning is gradual – beginning with our earliest days, stretching through our college days, and never-ending throughout our lifetime. In Sigma Chi, each man completes a period of education devoted to understanding the Fraternity’s unique history, traditions and practices, which culminates in an opportunity to accept a lifelong commitment to the Fraternity and the achievement of its purpose. Along with promoting academic success, the Fraternity also best serves its purpose by developing and implementing world-class programs that foster leadership, build character and promote positive relationship skills, which, in turn, enable our members to become learned, productive and caring participants in their families, colleges and communities.