Interfraternity Council (IFC)
About the Interfraternity Council (IFC) & Chapters
The Interfraternity (IFC) community at San José State University is currently comprised of 13 general interest, social fraternity chapters. These chapters range in size, but all have incredibly diverse memberships. Each organization prescribes to its’ own set of foundational values; values that are in place to help hold members to a higher standard and ultimately, produce better men.
Interested in Joining?
To receive more information about joining a Interfraternity (IFC) chapter, please complete the eligibility form (Google Form) before Friday, September 8, 2017.
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Epsilon Pi, otherwise referred to as ‘A E Pi’, was founded in 1913 at New York University by Charles C. Moskowitz and 10 other Jewish men. The chapter here at SJSU, was founded in 2013 and is one of our 18 chapters with a chapter facility located on 10th street. Alpha Epsilon Pi aspires to encourage the Jewish student to remain dedicated to Jewish ideals, values, and ethics and to prepare the student to be one of tomorrow's leaders so that he may help himself, his family, his community, and his people.
Alpha Sigma Phi
Alpha Sigma Phi was founded on December 6, 1845 by three men with a purpose at Yale University. That purpose was “To Better The Man.” Each year Alpha Sigma Phi recruits new men with the goal of helping them reach their fullest potential by using its five virtues: Purity, Honor, Charity, Silence, and Patriotism. Alpha Sigma Phi was founded at SJSU in the fall of 2013, and continues to strive for their mission of being the co-curricular organization of choice. Those who join Alpha Sigma Phi will find not just friends, but brothers for life. Its members vehemently endeavor to help each other grow and mature not just in academics but in every possible sense.
Alpha Tau Omega
Alpha Tau Omega referred to as ‘A T O’, was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Virginia at the Virginia Military Institute. At SJSU, Alpha Tau Omega started as a different organization in 1926 and later affiliated with Alpha Tau Omega in 1950. Alpha Tau Omega is known as “America’s Leadership Development Fraternity”, and strives to instill leadership skills in all of their members. ATO provides a great opportunity for young men who are looking for a truly unique fraternity experience.
Beta Theta Pi
The five core values espoused by Beta Theta Pi are Cultivation of Intellect, Responsible Conduct, Mutual Assistance, Integrity and Trust. These are the underpinnings for their mission statement, that is to "develop men of principle for a principled life”. Beta Theta Pi was founded at Miami University, in Oxford Ohio in 1839. In 1995, the Zeta Eta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi was established at SJSU. This chapter of Beta Theta Pi strives to live by and teach their new members these core values with the goal of providing their men with a positive and fulfilling college experience.
Delta Sigma Phi
Delta Sigma Phi was founded in 1899 at the City University of New York with the purpose to spread, “the principles of friendship and brotherhood among college men, without respect to race or creed." The chapter at SJSU was founded at SJSU in 1949, and prides itself on its initiatives to help young men become better leaders and better citizens. Further, members are committed to living their core values of: culture, harmony, and friendship. Delta Sigma Phi’s intention is not merely to develop a strong fraternity, but in addition, to challenge members to make a difference in their communities and their world.
Delta Upsilon was founded in 1834 at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and at SJSU, the San Jose Chapter of Delta Upsilon was founded in 1948. Delta Upsilon is committed to their motto of “Building Better Men” for a global society through service, leadership development, and lifelong personal growth of our diverse membership. The four founding principles of the fraternity include: The Promotion of Friendship, The Development of Character, The Diffusion of Liberal Culture, and The Advancement of Justice.
In 1869, Kappa Sigma was founded at the University of Virginia by students who collectively became known
as the “Five Friends and Brothers.” The Theta Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma was founded
at SJSU in 1965. Since then, the brothers have strived to encompass the four core
principles of the national organization which include scholarship, leadership, fellowship,
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Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Alpha was founded at the University of Virginia on March 1, 1868, and was originally chartered at SJSU on March 3, 1950. The fraternity strives to, “.. set the standard of integrity, intellect, and achievement for our members, host institutions, and the communities in which we live.” PIKE is the place where students become scholars, members become leaders, jocks become athletes, and most importantly, young men become gentlemen.
Pi Kappa Phi
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was founded on December 10, 1904 at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Their mission reads, “To create an uncommon and lifelong brotherhood that develops leaders and encourages service to others for the betterment of our communities.” Here at SJSU the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi aim to uphold the fraternity vision of, “A future where every Pi Kappa Phi embraces his role as a leader, puts service before self and improves the world around him.”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856 at the University of Alabama and The California Zeta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at San José State University was first founded in 1947 and later came back to campus in 2007. Since then, the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at SJSU have aimed, “To promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service for our members, based upon the ideals set forth by our Founders and as specifically enunciated in The True Gentleman.”
Founded in 1855 at Miami University in Ohio, Sigma Chi is based upon several core values. The Epsilon Theta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at SJSU on March 1, 1952, and has remained on campus since the initial founding date. The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and accomplishment of the ideals of friendship, justice and learning within its membership. The Fraternity best serves that purpose by developing and implementing programs that foster leadership, build character and promote positive relationships.
Sigma Nu was founded on January 1, 1869 at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. The mission of the fraternity is to develop ethical leaders inspired by the principles of Love, Honor and Truth, to foster the personal growth of each man’s mind, heart and character, and to perpetuate lifelong friendships and commitment to the Fraternity. The Zeta Iota chapter at SJSU was established in 1951. These brothers seek to fulfill the Fraternities vision of, “Excelling with Honor”.
Theta Chi Fraternity was founded in Norwich, Vermont at Norwich Military Academy in 1856, and Gamma Xi chapter was founded in 1948 at SJSU. The brothers of Theta Chi believe in true friendship, the primacy of their Alma Mater, the promotion of knowledge and the advancement of culture, the virtues of truth temperance and tolerance, and the usefulness of the Fraternity. Brothers at Gamma Xi strive to better themselves and the community through annual philanthropic events and charity fundraisers.