Thank you for visiting the webpage for the Ohio Theta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Our chapter was founded at the University of Cincinnati in 1949 with the mission to graduate balanced men at the university — men of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love.
Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded in 1901 at Richmond College, now the University of Richmond, in Richmond, Va. Since then, SigEp has grown to become one of the largest fraternities in the country. Our founders gave our fraternity the mantra, “This fraternity will be different,” and it has stuck ever since. Structured around continuous member development, a SigEp man never stops challenging the status quo. A desire to leave a legacy of care, compassion, and altruism is at the core of a SigEp’s being — we call it Brotherly Love, our most important value.
In order to make that difference on the world around us, our men also believe in the values of Virtue and Diligence. Strong character and hard work are essential to life as a member of our fraternity. The Ohio Theta chapter has proven its value to the national fraternity. Over this past summer, it was awarded its 14th consecutive Buchanan Cup, breaking the record for the most Buchanan Cups won in a row. While it’s an honor to be recognized for our past accomplishments, our chapter continues to look towards an even brighter future.
We are believers in high ideals and in timeless values. Above all, we are believers that a membership in Sigma Phi Epsilon paired with a University of Cincinnati education prepares our members for great futures. We look forward to hearing from you.
Austin C. Seiter
Ohio Theta ’19
The Balanced Man Program is a continuous development program designed to help each brother become their personal best and further build themselves in the ideals of Sound Mind, Sound Body, and Sound Spirit. In accordance with this, SigEp has eliminated the pledging process, granting all members full privileges immediately after joining.
SigEp brothers hold executive positions in many student organizations at UC such as Student Government, Lindner Investment Banking Club, Sales Leadership Club, Student Activities Board, Engineering Tribunal, Student Alumni Council, and many more.
The brothers at Sigma Phi Epsilon pride themselves on being scholars. Our GPA is consistently among the top GPA’s among chapters on campus. We have a great diversity of majors, including Engineering students, DAAP students, and business students. We offer a variety of resources to support members academically, including weekly tutoring sessions, study tables, and a textbook library. If a brother struggling in a class, it is very likely that another brother will have taken the class previously who can assist the brother in need.
Being a social fraternity SigEp offers a wide variety of social events throughout the year. Events include our annual formal dance, date nights, mixers with sororities, and informal brotherhood events such as video game nights at the house. Social events allow brothers to expand and grow their relationships with brothers and other students at the University of Cincinnati.
SigEp competes in an inter-fraternity intramural league, facing off against the best other fraternity’s have to offer. Once again, following the ideal of the Balanced Man, SigEp is full of great athletes. We have two teams for almost every sport. Our A team is always very competitive, while our B team allows brothers to participate in sports they enjoy at a less competitive level.
The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon take great pride in supporting our community. Thousands of community service hours are performed by the brothers every year. Our flagship philanthropy event, the Ginger Greek gingerbread house contest, raises several thousand dollars for charity each year. SigEp brothers help plan and organize a variety of campus community service events, including Cincinnati Community Outreach, Cincinnati Dance Marathon, and Relay For Life. Every Spring, we support a local Boy Scout troop by helping them with their annual mulch move.
Joining SigEp comes with the option of living in the SigEp house. Living in the house is the best housing value on and near campus. It is significantly cheaper than the university residence halls or nearby apartment complexs. The house is conveniently located just across the street from campus. In addition the prime location and cost, brothers living at SigEp have a meal plan where our dedicated cook serves lunch and dinner during the week.
Since our chapter was started 60 years ago, we have had over 1400 men call Ohio Theta their home during their college career. There are nearly 1000 living alumni spread throughout the world including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and Scotland. Ohio Theta alumni have become leaders within the National Fraternity, including two Grand Chapter Presidents, five Order of the Golden Heart recipients, numerous Regional Directors and Chapter Counselors, and many other key volunteers spread throughout the United States.