The Sigma Chi fraternity is founded on three main principles: friendship, justice and learning. These principles are practiced every day by more than 300,000 living brothers worldwide. The fraternity was started in 1855 at the University of Miami (Ohio) by seven noble and well-respected men, who later on became leaders in the church, the court and on the battlefield. Since its founding, Sigma Chi has overcome many great obstacles but has managed to spread itself across North America with 240 active chapters in the United States and Canada, as well as 145 alumni chapters around the world.
The Ripon College Sigma Chi chapter is a premier example of a leadership-building organization. The Epsilon Lambda chapter was chartered in 1955 at the 100th anniversary of the founding of Sigma Chi. Since then, the Ripon Sigs have led the campus in many different aspects. Each year, Sigs hold campus-wide events like Derby Days to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network and Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Sigma Chi has an outstanding reputation worldwide and, because of this, there are strict requirements in admitting new members. For example, all potential pledges must have a minimum GPA of at least 2.5 and be a man of good character, a student of fair ability with ambitious purposes, have a congenial disposition and good morals, have a high sense of honor and a deep sense of personal responsibility.