Our Brotherhood

Sigma Nu embodies a brotherhood of men, defined by the fraternity’s core principles of Love, Honor, and Truth. The national organization was founded in 1869 at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. What makes Sigma Nu unique is the strength of the brotherhood. Once a candidate becomes an active brother, he is invited to live in the house until he graduates from Cornell. This creates an atmosphere where seniors, juniors, and sophomores live together, enjoying the good times and helping one another through the challenges. The house is kept closely knit as the live-in and live-out brothers gather together each night for dinner, as well as other meals.

The brotherhood believes in maintaining a strong mind, body, and soul, as evidenced by our outstanding performance over the years in academics, athletics, and service. Today almost every brother is a part of multiple other organizations on campus, some of which include Sprint Football, Lightweight Rowing, Cornell Fashion Collective, Cornell Anglers Society, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Cornell Investment Banking Club (CIBC), Cornell Fintech Club, Alpha Fund, Cornell Financial Analysts, Order of the Omega, Golden Key Honor Society, the Big Red Leadership Institute, and Club Lacrosse. Moreover, brothers also serve in leadership positions for Cornell Quant Fund, Cornell Real Estate Development and Investment Trust (CREDIT), Hotel Ezra Cornell, Phi Alpha Delta, Judo Club, Cornell Judo, Mainland China Student Association, Architects, Artists and Planners of Color, and Energy @ Cornell, further highlighting our commitment to spreading the message of Love, Honor, and Truth to the rest of campus and the greater Ithaca community.

There are more than 1,100 living alumni of the Cornell chapter who stay in close contact by attending functions such as Reunion, Homecoming, and our annual New York City holiday dinner. Alumni provide career networking assistance and job opportunities to the undergraduates. Our alumni include leaders in their professions and communities, including corporate CEOs, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, Wall Street financiers, NFL players, and Olympic gold medalists. You can click to see our chapter members in the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame. Finally, our alumni make generous financial contributions to help maintain their beloved Chapter Lodge.