Heritage

Sigma Nu was founded by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute during the Reconstruction period after The Civil War. The system of physical abuse and hazing of underclassmen at VMI inspired James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley to form the “Legion of Honor,” or Sigma Nu; a radical departure from the times.

Over the past 135+ years, Sigma Nu has grown into one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world. Over 200,000 men have been initiated into Sigma Nu from over 250 chapters all over the United States and Canada.

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