Sigma Alpha Epsilon is one of the largest and most distinguished fraternities at Cornell University today. The New York Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded at Cornell University on August 22, 1891, by Elmer Higley and its three charter members, Robert Cutter Matlok, Henry Charles Ohlmeyer, and William Addison Clarke.

One of the first northern chapters of SAE, the New York Alpha Brotherhood has established itself as a key member of the largest national fraternity network, winning the coveted Zeal Award for best SAE Chapter in 1994 and again in 2004. Our home, Hillcrest, has stood atop the hill on McGraw Place for nearly one hundred years. With the building of the new wing addition in the 1960s, Hillcrest stands as one of the largest houses on campus, boasting a view of Cayuga Lake with few equals in the Ithaca area.

Cayuga Lake as seen
from the deck at Hillcrest

Mission Statement
The reason we exist

Undergraduates: To provide a social and physical environment in which select Cornell undergraduates can build long-term relationships and develop leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills that will complement their academic endeavors.

Alumni: To provide alumni with an experience that fosters their connection to Cornell, the active chapter, and other alumni.