Lambda Chi Alpha was founded by Warren Albert Cole, a student at Boston University, on November 2, 1909, with the objective of bringing together college students of good moral character at various colleges in the United States and Canada. Today, Lambda Chi sets out to create an accepting environment for its members, to cultivate intellectual excellence, to secure for members the greatest advantages in college life, and to establish brotherly love, mutual aid, and close personal connection between alumni and undergraduates.

Lambda Chi Alpha is one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America with more than 300,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities. Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, and other challenges facing today’s college students. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, and lifelong friendships.

Associate membership replaced pledging in Lambda Chi Alpha in 1972. Since that time, associate members have had full and equal rights in the chapter, including voting privileges and the ability to hold office, attend all meetings and functions, and wear the letters and regalia of the Fraternity. The Fraternity replaced pledge education with fraternity education, which dictates ongoing education for all members throughout their college years. New members are integrated immediately into the chapter. Each week throughout the school year, education sessions are held for all members, which are either internal (history, ritualism, risk management, goal setting, recruitment skills, etc.) or external (study skills, current topics, alcoholism, date rape, CPR, etc.).

Through Lambda Chi Alpha, you will: form life-long friendships, engage in responsibilities managing and governing chapter affairs, have a chance to develop your leadership talents, receive the help needed to expand your mind, establish a favorable atmosphere for academic achievement, and gain self-confidence, a sharpened sense of human relations, and a mature sense of justice. Lambda Chi Alpha is a very personal experience that will provide you a storehouse of memories and experiences. It will create for you a family relationship with your fellow members. It will incorporate you into a brotherhood which will be congenial, loyal, and helpful to you through your college years and beyond. Thus, Lambda Chi Alpha will offer you the nearest possible equivalent to home that can be found on the college campus, and this close tie will bind you in friendship with your fellow members for a lifetime.


Nickname Lambda Chi
Founded November 2, 1909, Boston University
Founded at UM 1972
Chapter Name Sigma Epsilon
Flower White Tudor Rose
Colors Purple, Green, and Gold
Philanthropy Feeding America
Motto “Vir Quisque Vir” – Every Man a Man
High School GPA Req. 2.5
College GPA Req. 2.5
National Website