Phi Kappa Sigma National History


On August 16th, 1850, Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell recorded and planned the foundational tenants of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He, along with six other students, formally founded the Fraternity on October 19, 1850.

The organization quickly spread to dozens of other schools before the outbreak of the civil war.

During the war, brothers found themselves opposed to one another physically, yet not morally. The brothers on both sides of the conflict organized and created silver skull insignias to mark themselves as Phi Kaps. Throughout the war, the brothers continued to look out for each other and give aid to those bearing the silver skull badges.

In 1929, the Alpha Eta chapter here at the University of South Carolina was founded. To read more on Alpha Eta’s history, please select the section under “Alpha Eta” in the about section.

Today, Phi Kappa Sigma is an international Fraternity boasting over 200,000 living alumni. We invite you to learn more about our chapter and explore our ideals and traditions.