Sigma Alpha Epsilon (also SAE) is one of the largest North American Greek-letter social college fraternity. It was founded at the University of Alabama on March 9, 1856. Of all existing national social fraternities today, Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the only one founded in the Antebellum South. Its national headquarters, the Levere Memorial Temple, were established on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1929. At the time the Levere Memorial Temple was built, the building cost $400,000; it is now said that the building is priceless due to its extensive collections of Tiffany stained-glass windows. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has more than 304,000 initiated members and more than 11,900 undergraduates at 246 chapters and 19 colonies in 49 states and provinces at present. The creed of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, The True Gentleman, must be memorized and recited by all prospective members.
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