About us

Mission Statement

Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career.

Our heritage stems from one source: young Jewish men banding together in allegiance. The role of Alpha Epsilon Pi has expanded since its inception in 1913. Initially, the Jewish fraternity served as a brotherhood of young men who came from similar religious backgrounds and who had experienced the same prejudices against their religious beliefs. Alpha Epsilon Pi soon broadened its role to include serving as the living quarters for some of its members. The fraternity became a home away from home, providing the same stabilizing and guiding values that students previously gained from their families. Armed with these values, Alpha Epsilon Pi faced changing conditions on the college campus and survived. Today, Jewish students search out Alpha Epsilon Pi because it is a Jewish Fraternity. In the fraternity’s 100-year history, over 93,000 men have worn the badge of Alpha Epsilon Pi and each year, over 2,500 undergraduates perform the Ritual of Initiation, which remains the same ritual adopted decades ago.

Perhaps of greater importance, Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the future of the American Jewish community. Tomorrow’s Jewish leaders are in our chapters today. These are the young men who must be counted upon to support Jewish causes and to prepare to be one of tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, so that they may aid themselves, their family, their community, and their people. Those students who enter the mainstream of non-Jewish life on the campus are far more likely to assimilate and to forsake their heritage. Working together with the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life/International Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi can play a vital role in helping reverse the growing trend among our young people to abandon Judaism at this critical time.

Throughout our history, the fraternity setting has served as a “learning laboratory”, a testing ground for young men who later become leaders in business, education, government, religion, and science. A goal of our fraternity is to help each student to develop character, to learn responsibility, and to develop a proper set of values through living together in brotherhood. Alpha Epsilon Pi prepares young men for their role in life as responsible citizens.

Therefore, our basic purpose is to provide the opportunity for a Jewish man to be able to join a Jewish organization whose purpose is not specifically religious, but rather social and cultural in nature. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity, though non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purpose and values.

The Rho Iota Chapter at RIT was founded in 1966 with the same values and purpose as Alpha Epsilon Pi National. Fifty years later, we are still instilling those same values on any man willing to learn and accept what we stand for. Alpha Epsilon Pi is dedicated to developing leadership for the future of the american community.

A Letter From A Past Master

Every year, thousands of young men join fraternities, searching for the sense of belonging and friendship that is at the core of all fraternal organizations. All fraternities however, are not the same… Alpha Epsilon Pi is the premier social fraternity at RIT, and we are looking for well-rounded men who share our values. Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded at NYU in 1913 and now exists on over 140 campuses across North America.
College is the best four years of your life. Socially, it is a time to experience new things, make lifelong friends, create lasting memories, gain leadership experience, and grow as an individual. As a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, you will achieve all that and more. One of our main goals is to help all students develop character, learn responsibility, and develop a proper set of values. We believe in living in brotherhood and adherence to our five pillars: faith, honesty, humility, mutual helpfulness and perseverance.

Our fraternity continues to flourish because our brothers strive for excellence in the classroom and in the community. Our brothers become influential leaders in business, education, science, religion, and government, serving on the boards of many campus organizations. The network of brothers around the world creates a significant advantage for any brother who seeking work.

Our fraternity is based on brotherhood and mutual respect; hazing is strictly prohibited. We pride ourselves on not being a group of typical “frat boys,” but we still have an incredible time nonetheless. Moreover, we are involved athletically; fielding teams in all intramural sports leagues. We also work to bring in leadership training to allow our brothers to become leaders in their communities. So come out, make amazing connections, and experience the best fraternity at RIT!