The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it. He must be a gentleman... a man of honor and courage... a man of zeal, yet humble... an intelligent man... a man of truth... one who tempers action with wisdom and, above all else, one who walks in the light of God.

Modern day Kappa Sigma was founded one chilly evening in the fall of 1869, as five students (pictured above) attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville gathered in the room of William Grigsby McCormick, at 46 East Lawn, and planted the seed of brotherhood. For many weeks the bonds of friendship had drawn these five together; now the need became clear for a formal structure to contain their feelings. Thus, not only did the Founders formalize their friendship, but they also created a fraternity steeped in the traditions of the past and dedicated to the pursuit of learning. The new brothers recorded their bond in a Constitution and in an Oath that set forth the ideals and principles to all Kappa Sigmas today.

The Four Pillars of Kappa Sigma


Joining Kappa Sigma provides unique opportunities for fellowship, social interaction, and personal growth that you can’t get elsewhere. By joining our fraternity, many men have enjoyed the unmatched experiences, involvement, and lifelong brotherhood that Kappa Sigma offers.


 In Kappa Sigma, brothers learn to get involved in their communities and take the lead when something needs to be done. Countless brothers, including senators, governors and CEOs, have said Kappa Sigma gave them the leadership skills they needed to succeed.


You’re in college for one reason: to get a degree. From its earliest beginnings in Renaissance Italy, Kappa Sigma has promoted scholarship among its members.  Brothers help you learn about the campus, provide advice on professors and classes, and help you prepare for any important assignments.


Helping others is part of being a Kappa Sigma. Brothers spend thousands of hours working and fundraising in their communities for worthy causes each year. From organizing park clean-ups to serving as Big Brothers to organizing charity rock concerts, Kappa Sigmas work hard for their causes.