Since 1869, we have led the effort to provide the best brotherhood in the nation. We strive to mold true gentlemen and supplement the college experience here at Texas A&M.
The Kappa Sigma Fraternity can trace its roots back to a secret society of students at the University of Bologna formed in the year 1400 for mutual protection of its members. The group was initially brought together by Manuel Chrysaloras, a Greek scholar that taught at the University, in response to the physical attack, robbery, and harassment of the University's patrons. It was this group that inspired the Ritual and beliefs of modern day Kappa Sigma.
Kappa Sigma in America was founded one chilly evening in the fall of 1869, as five students attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville gathered in William Grigsby McCormick's room at 46 East Lawn and planted the seed of Brotherhood. For many weeks the bonds of friendship had drawn these five together; now the need became clear for a formal structure to contain their feelings. Thus, not only did the Founders formalize their friendship, but they also created a fraternity steeped in the traditions of the past and dedicated to the Pursuit of Learning. The new brothers recorded their bond in a Constitution and in an Oath which set forth.
Over time, Kappa Sigma chapters spread across the nation, producing good men with an indelible bond between one another. In 1880, Kappa Sigma established Alpha-Chi Chapter at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. This was the first northern chapter of a fraternity of southern origin. Five years later, expansion into the North began in earnest with Chi Chapter at Purdue University in 1885, and Psi Chapter at the University of Maine in 1886. Expansion to the West started in 1884 with Tau Chapter at the University of Texas and reached the Pacific coast in 1899 with Beta-Zeta Chapter at Stanford University.
In 1924, Kappa Sigma chartered its first Canadian chapter, Delta-Epsilon, at the University of Toronto in Ontario, and became an international Fraternity. With the acquisition in 1966 of International Memorial Headquarters at Charlottesville, Virginia, near the birthplace of American Kappa Sigma, a new and progressive concept of a professional staff developed. At this point, the Fraternity began experiencing growth that had not been seen since its inception nearly a hundred years prior and has continued to this day.
Today, Kappa Sigma comprises over 200 chapters and colonies in both the United States and Canada, with over 200,000 men. Kappa Sigma is the sixth largest fraternity and has approximately 150,000 brothers in North America. The list of initiates is not only long but also distinguished. Notable alumni are present in every conceivable profession and are making great impressions on the American landscape.
The Fraternity now exists now not only as singular chapters but as an institution that has many mechanisms to support itself and foster growth, coordinated by the hundreds of volunteers nationwide. Every other year (odd years) the Fraternity stages a Grand Conclave for all initiates to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of the Brotherhood. Recent Conclaves have taken place in New Orleans, Pheonix and Memphis; the next one is scheduled for 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At these conventions, as with the regional Leadership Conferences that take place in off years, undergraduates are instructed in basic chapter operations and encouraged to share ideas in order to build a stronger presence at each and every campus where Kappa Sigma is located. These educational programs are funded by the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund, which also disperses $250,000 in scholarships each year to deserving undergraduates through the Scholarship/Leadership Program.
It is evident from Kappa Sigma's past that the Fraternity is focused on being the top such organization in the nation through building an educated brotherhood of young men with the leadership skills necessary to succeed in all aspects of life.
The future looks bright for the Men of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Currently, Kappa Sigma has 320 Chapters and 34 Colonies in the United States and Canada.
Kappa Sigma has 57 active Alumni Chapters throughout North America. Each Alumni Chapter continues the Kappa Sigma tradition of Brotherhood.
Kappa Sigma is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 200,000 living members, including over 20,000 undergraduates
Kappa Sigma has developed outstanding and progressive programs in alcohol and drug education (My Brother's Keeper), individual and chapter scholarship, and recognizes excellence in 20 categories of individual awards and more than 25 categories of chapter awards.