Quick Phi Kap Facts

Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity was founded by Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell at the University of Pennsylvania on August 16, 1850. Phi Kappa Sigma boasts over 1,300 active members and 40,000 alumni across 40 active chapters, colonies, and interest groups in the United States and Canada.

Phi Kappa Sigma is more than an organization to be a part of during college; it is a valuable learning experience, a life-long commitment, and philosophy of life. Along with the Ritual, our purpose and principles state what our Fraternity is and who we are as members of that Fraternity. All members take an oath to uphold these ideals, and it is up to all of us to make sure that we, and those who come after us, learn and understand what it is to be a true “Phi Kap” and “Man of Honor” and incorporate that into our Chapters and into our lives.

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August 16, 1850 (Founded by Dr. Mitchell)
October 19, 1850 (Founders Day – Establishment of Alpha Chapter)
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell, 1828-1879
Charles Hare Hutchinson, 1833-1902
Andrew Adams Ripka, 1833-1902
Alfred Victor du Pont, 1833-1893
James Bayard Hodge, 1833-1850
John Thorn Stone, 1833-1882
Duane Williams, 1833-1863


Male Leadership Organization




(As of 29 September 2017)

40 Chapters
5 Colonies
Over 1,500 Undergraduates
Over 40,000 Alumni


Stellis Aequus Durando – “equal to the stars in endurance.”


Black and Old Gold


Maltese Cross
Skull and Crossbones


Yellow Chrysanthemum


The “Objects of Phi Kappa Sigma” are the ideals upon which Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell founded Phi Kappa Sigma and serve as the Fraternity’s “mission statement.”

From Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution and Acts of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity:

“The Objects of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity shall be the promotion of good fellowship and the cultivation of the social virtues among our members; the protection of just rights and the advancement of the best interests, present and future, individual and collective, of all those who shall be associated together as members of this Fraternity; the encouragement of good scholarship and the breadth of training for our members; and cooperation in the educational and cultural programs of institutions of higher education in which our Chapters are located.”

Core Values