About SAE

We're a small, tight-knit chapter. We don't take ourselves too seriously and know how to kick back and have a good time. Our brothers are varsity athletes, mathematicians, A cappella singers, drone engineers, beer brewers, anime nerds, jazzists, designers, and total lads. We crash one another's hockey games and concerts and comedy shows, travel for retreats, study, work, and dine together, and work on the house, but mostly we just eat a lot of Noodle Street.

History

Nationally, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity was founded in 1856 at the University of Alabama. Since then, SAE has grown to become the largest fraternity, by number of members, in the world. The MIT chapter of SAE, Massachusetts Iota-Tau, was founded in 1892 by Harold C. Buckminster, Wallace C. Brackett, Ernest F. Badger, and Frank B. Masters, making it one of the oldest fraternities on campus. Throughout the next century SAE would become one of the largest and most involved houses on campus, churning out noteworthy alumni such as astronaut William B. Lenoir and Campbell’s Soup founder John Thompson Dorrance. SAE’s long history at MIT faltered in the late 1990s when MIT began to crack down on Greek life. Things came to a head when, in the fall of 1998, SAE’s Massachusetts Iota-Tau chapter was forced to close its doors. Fortunately, this was not the end of SAE at MIT. Just over a decade later, in 2009, the Massachusetts Iota-Tau chapter was re-colonized, quickly growing from a group of 10 young men based out of Bexley to a thriving fraternity with its own house.