Requirements for Membership

The Basics:
A candidate for membership must be a full time male student of UW-La Crosse who is of sound moral character, is of creditable intellectual attainments, and has never been a member of another national or international college social fraternity.

GPA Requirements:
Potential members must be full time students in good standing at UW-La Crosse and have an accumulative GPA of 2.75.


Monetary Obligations*:
As part of a national organization members pay dues while an undergraduate. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a non-profit organization and majority of these fees go towards risk management (insurance) that is necessary to keep such a large organization in existence. It is important to note that after graduation an alumni doesn't need to pay dues but they are still members for life.

One-time pinning fee: $85
One-time initiation fee: $225
Dues: $220/Semester

*These fees are subject to annual change to account for inflation.

Pledge Process:
The pledge process is four to six week hazing-free program to allow potential new members to take part in the organization. The pledge process also allows for potential members to learn about the history and national and local tradition of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Once again we stress that WIL-C does not haze or condone hazing in any of its activities.

Time:
There is a lot of stuff to do on a college campus and UW-La Crosse's is no exception. We recognize this and know that every student's time is valuable. Though Sigma Alpha Epsilon offers hundreds of opportunities, the time required of each member is minimal.
Members are encouraged to volunteer four hours per month for philanthropy or community service efforts, this time is not required but WIL-C prides itself on being active in the community.
Each member is expected to attend each weekly chapter meeting, pledge pinning, and initiation. The chapter meetings generally run about an hour and half. Pledge pinning and initiations are important parts of Sigma Alpha Epsilon's Ritual but rarely happen more than once each semester.
Each member is expected to attend one GAMMA (Greek Advocating Moderate Management of Alcohol) per year. These events are sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and are usually about one hour per semester.