Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Welcome to the website of the New Hampshire Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon! Our goal here at Dartmouth College is the cultivation of character, learning, and enduring friendships. We carry out this objective by providing community service to the Upper Valley, bringing important speakers to campus through our Scarlett program, and providing a safe and fun social outlet for the students of Dartmouth College. We do these things among others all in the context of following the values set forth by the True Gentleman. Feel free to browse this site to learn more about us and how you can become a brother of our beloved fraternity.

The True Gentleman

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from goodwill and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe. - John Walter Wayland. Virginia, 1899


Chapter History

We were originally founded in 1903 as a local fraternity at Dartmouth College named Chi Tau Kappa and in 1908 we affiliated ourselves with the national fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and became the New Hampshire Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The national Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity was founded in 1856 and boasts the largest membership of any fraternity in the world with more than 228 active chapters 14 colonies in 49 states and Canada and more than 14,000 undergraduate brothers affiliated.

We are one of the few greek organizations on campus that still own our own physical plant. Our current house was built in 1933 and rests on the eastern side of the Baker-Berry library. To this day it is the only greek house on campus that was built specifically for the purpose of being a fraternity's physical plant. It has three floors that include two singles, two doubles, and four triples.



A few weeks into the start of term, the brothers at each fraternity hold an open house in order to meet with students interested in joining their brotherhood. Rushees circulate among the fraternities to chat with the brothers and introduce themselves to any they don't know. In order to be considered for membership at a particular house, you must sign the house rush book before the end of the evening. You also have the option of shaking out at one particular fraternity, indicating that it is your top choice. At SAE, rush provides a great way for you to meet the entire brotherhood and learn more about the house. Rush is also an important way for us to get to know you in order to decide if you are a good fit for our house

At the end of each night, the brotherhood decides which rushees will get bids, no bids, or callbacks. A bid is a formal invitation to join the fraternity which can be accepted by signing or sinking the bid. A callback signifies that the brotherhood has not yet made a decision about whether to extend a bid and wishes to learn more about the rushee. The Rushee is encouraged to come back the next night so that the brothers can get to know him better. A no bid indicates that the brotherhood has decided that the rushee is not a good fit for the house.

Rush typically takes place over one weekend at the start of each term. The date and time of rush are determined by the Inter-fraternity Council and blitzed out at the beginning of the term. To be eligible for rush, a student will have completed at least three terms and be in good academic standing with the College. In order to rush SAE, students must not be affiliated with another house.


Contact Us

Sigma Alpha Epsilon
38 North College Street
Hanover, NH 03755

Samson & Baxter