Why Sigma Alpha Mu?

About Sigma Alpha Mu

Sigma Alpha Mu’s mission is to foster the development of collegiate men and our alumni by instilling strong fraternal values, offering social and service opportunities, encouraging academic excellence and teaching leadership skills. We will continue to attract members of all beliefs who appreciate our great heritage as a fraternity of Jewish men.

We are guided by a vision to enhance the Sigma Alpha Mu experience for all members by transforming our fraternity into the first choice of collegians seeking a forward-thinking, inclusive fraternity which enhances the university experience and prepares the fraternity member for a fulfilling life.


What to Expect

Scholarship Opportunities

Sigma Alpha Mu recognizes its members for their accomplishments and advancements in the classroom and community. Sigma Alpha Mu has a leading scholarships program for undergraduates, alumni, and non-members. Currently, over $100,000 in scholarships are given away annually to our student members who demonstrate need and merit. Additionally, new members who are initiated with a 3.75 GPA or better will receive a $500 scholarship from the Guller Young Scholars Program.

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When heading off to college, going Greek may not be your number one priority. However, for those students each year that choose to pursue membership in Sigma Alpha Mu, there is no other intangible experience that can equal the brotherhood you will receive in our wonderful organization. Sigma Alpha Mu is not just a college organization, Sigma Alpha Mu membership is for life.

James C. Hammerstein said, “I believe a man joins a fraternity for life and not just for college years; and while specific obligations may change with graduation, reciprocal responsibility continues to exists.”

110 Year Heritage

Born in 1909, Sigma Alpha Mu has been in existence for 110 years. We entered our second century by reminding ourselves of the principles that have helped us make it this far.  Sigma Alpha Mu and our chapters excel in brotherhood, scholarship, philanthropy, and leadership. You can see our eight core values in action in any member or chapter across the world. Those values are simplicity, holiness, purity, justice, sincerity, fraternalism, idealism, and truth.

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Academic Achievement

We are proud of Sigma Alpha Mu’s scholarship record. Sammy has ranked near the top of all national fraternities in academic achievement! When one experiences scholastic difficulty, Sigma Alpha Mu and its members are there to help. Only in a fraternity can one find fellow students and an entire organization so interested in the welfare of the individual.

Leadership Development

The opportunity for leadership development is one of the greatest attractions of being a member of Sigma Alpha Mu. Hands-on experience as a chapter officer, committee chairman or active member allows you to develop skills that will benefit you throughout your college career, as well as in your professional endeavors. ΣΑΜ offers leadership programming and develops initiatives each year for students to broaden their experiences and skillsets. These leadership skills will help you in college and throughout your life. Remember, getting an education involves more than just getting a degree!

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Community Service

Community service and philanthropy are integral parts of the Sigma Alpha Mu experience. Sigma Alpha Mu has adopted the Alzheimer’s Association Judy Fund as its international philanthropy. In addition, each chapter plans and conducts its own philanthropic events to benefit worthwhile causes. Collectively, our chapters and their members raised over $450,000 last year, an achievement of which we are all quite proud.


Sigma Alpha Mu is built on friendship, a spirit of brotherhood and fellowship, sharing each other’s experiences and growing together. We cultivate this through our True Manhood, Democracy & Humanity Initiative that was designed for new members. Members strengthen their bonds through Good & Welfare. Once you graduate, your memories of specific classes and exams may fade, but the friendships you make in Sammy will remain vivid for a lifetime.

Strong Character

Sigma Alpha Mu has welcomes all men of good moral character into membership. The values prescribed in our Creed and Ritual help guide our members in their lives. Character forged during college lasts a lifetime.  The college classroom can provide you with an education. The Sigma Alpha Mu brotherhood experience will prepare you for life.

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Interested in learning more about Sigma Alpha Mu?

Submit a recommendation form and we’ll connect you with a local chapter or discuss how you can start a chapter if Sammy isn’t on your campus. For additional information, please contact us.

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Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity is active at more than 50 universities and colleges across North America. At Sammy, we aim to develop men who embody a good moral character. We are searching for young leaders ready to leave a legacy on their campus.


We are re-establishing chapters at Purdue University (fall 2023), New York University (fall 2023), and Georgia Southern University (spring 2024). Interested in supporting the expansion – email Director of Growth Jerred McCormick.

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