Why Sigma Nu?
Whereas other fraternities tend to attract individuals with specific interests or characteristics, Sigma Nu is comprised of a cross section of Columbia's talent. We give you access to a network of high caliber men who have a variety of ambitions; among us are NYC-renowned jazz and folk rock musicians, entrepreneurs, talented programmers, NASA researchers, artists, athletes of all varieties, budding financiers and consultants, pre-law and pre-med students, and political campaigners. Our backgrounds are equally as variable; we're African American, Asian American, Indian American, Hispanic American, international students from all over, and we come from a variety of households.
Gain a trusted support network
You're at Columbia; you're ambitious and hardworking. But, sometimes the variety of paths through college become confusing for even guys like you to navigate. At a school where getting good advice can sometimes be tough, your brothers - of all grade levels and interests - will always be there to give you access to a trusted and diverse network of professional, academic, extracurricular, and life advice. Interested in starting your own business? Getting your PhD in physical chemistry? Becoming an investment banker? Forming a band? Learning how to juggle? We have the guys to help you. Being a Sigma Nu also means that you'll almost always know someone in your classes, have a group to study with, and partners for that project -- whatever it might be -- that you want to start or take to the next level.
Lay the foundations for broad-based campus involvement
At some point you have to feel overwhelmed at the tremendous opportunities that Columbia has to offer, and, especially as an underclassmen, wonder how you can take advantage of as many of them as possible. Fortunately, Sigma Nu can help you solve that problem. Relative to other fraternities, we host a uniquely high level of campus and community-based programming, so our brotherhood functions as a platform for broad campus involvement. Given time constraints, you can't possibly join those 10 student activities that you think are interesting; but, with a broad values-based mission statement, we've given our brothers exposure to dozens of campus initiatives and student groups through a variety partnerships and projects. One week we might host a Rap Cypher with Columbia CUSH, and the next, team up with CU Belly Dance and the Columbia Iranian Student Association to put on a Persian Culture night. Being a Sigma Nu means opening a gateway to a comprehensive student life experience that, in turn, opens up new doors in unexpected and interesting places. Moreover, since our members are so involved in a diversity of student activities themselves, they can help you become engaged in those groups and achieve leadership positions there. Whereas many other fraternities on campus are self-contained or confine their work to the Greek community, we'll actively support your interests wherever they might be on campus through both a support network and fraternity initiatives.
We feel that the sense of brotherhood at Sigma Nu is what distinguishes us from other fraternities on campus. While other fraternities claim to offer a close-knit community, sometimes their true focus is on the superficial. Sigma Nu is much more than just a social club -- it's a brotherhood that will support you through Columbia's challenges, help you develop as a man, and give you incredible friendships and memories.
Sigma Nu is one of seven social fraternities with a brownstone. Our five story home on 113th street houses 14 brothers in spacious rooms and has 7 bathrooms, a brothers' lounge/library, two large living rooms, a basement with recreation area, and backyard. The house is very well kept, with many Columbia and Sigma Nu memorabilia on the walls in a testament of our pride in our fraternity and university. We use our brownstone for every fraternity function, from philanthropic projects, to campus partnerships, to social events.
Become a better man; become a Columbia Man, a Sigma Nu, and a Leader
Especially at Sigma Nu , your fraternity brothers are like family; they will challenge you to hold yourself to the highest standards and give you the tools to take full advantage of your potential. By becoming Greek, you also embrace the Columbia experience and enter a significant campus tradition and network. You connect yourself intimately to our university's proud history and lay the foundations for its future success.
Our chapter has a uniquely high concentration of campus leaders. To name a few, our brothers have held the following positions in the past year: President/Publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator, President of Inter-Fraternity Council, Vice President of Inter-Fraternity Council, Columbia College Student Council Vice President of Funding, Ivy Council Vice President, President of Club Tennis, Vice President of Youth for Debate, President of Columbia Undergraduate Energy Club, Vice President of Inter-Fraternity Council, Philanthropy Chair of the Inter-Greek Council, Treasurer of the Columbia International Relations Forum, Fencing Team Captain, Swimming & Diving Team Captains, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Vice President of Jiu Jitsu Club, Chief Development Officer for Spectator, Chief Marketiing Officer for Spectator, Co-President of Columbia UNICEF, Co-founder of Columbia Wieghtlifting Society, Columbia Community Outreach Projects Committee Chair, radio programmer at WKCR, Raw Elementz Executive Board Member, music premiered by CU Jazz Composers Collective, HEAL teacher, Moneythink teacher, Club Volleyball Vice Presidents, Rugby Team Executive Board, CU Records President and Vice President, Vice President of Columbia Financial Investment Group
As such, many of our chapter's programming initiatives, such as the Greek Business Leaders Speaker Series, are leadership oriented.
Founded in 1869, Sigma Nu nationally is one of the largest college fraternities and has 278 active and inactive chapters/colonies which have initiated over 227,000 members. The national fraternity provides members with many useful resources, including the LEAD membership development program, the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, and the College of Chapters leadership development workshop.
The Delta Gamma (Columbia) chapter was founded in 1908 and has initiated over 1,100 Columbia men since its establishment. We have held our brownstone on 113th between Broadway and Amsterdam since the early '60's. In short, Sigma Nu has a long and storied history at Columbia.