The NIC’s Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes exceptional fraternity collegiate chapters demonstrating excellence in operations, involvement in their fraternity/sorority and campus community, and a commitment to a positive fraternity experience.

2023 Honorees

Delta Chi Fraternity – The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech Chapter) 

The Georgia Tech Delta Chi Chapter continually outperforms their peers academically. This past year, they averaged a 3.68 GPA compared to the campus Greek-life average of 3.47. They are also a leader in philanthropy — raising money for the Jimmy V Foundation and contributing 900 hours of community service to the Atlanta community. Additionally, members are involved in the official Georgia Tech campus Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention program called VOICE. When not educating the campus community to promote safer spaces, they helped to create a sexual assault prevention action plan that was used as the model action plan by Georgia Tech’s IFC. 

Delta Chi Fraternity – Virginia Tech University (Virginia Tech Chapter) 

Although the Virginia Tech Chapter of Delta Chi was chartered in 2019, they have achieved numerous recognition — winning their third consecutive president’s cup in 2022. The chapter went on to set records for philanthropic fundraising for the Jimmy V Foundation and continues to improve in the quality and quantity during recruitment. Community engagement and community relations are also high points for this chapter as they were one of few chapters who scored platinum rankings in both categories during the inaugural year of Virginia Tech Fraternity & Sorority Life’s Standards of Excellence accreditation program. 

Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity – The Ohio State University (Ohio Alpha Epsilon Chapter) 

With 2,150 service hours (nearly 21 hours per brother) this academic year, the Ohio Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi has been actively involved in various projects such as food, clothing and supply drives for a local camp. Their food drives for the foodbank have resulted in more than a ton of food and personal health items being supplied. A testament to their brotherhood, the chapter started with 33 members in 2018 and has grown to 103 in 2023. Their commitment to excellence in all areas has helped them earn Chapter of the Year by Pi Lambda Phi in August 2022 and by Ohio State University in the spring of 2023. 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity – Kansas State University (Kansas Beta Chapter)

The Kansas Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is on the leading edge of education and leadership initiatives. These initiatives were created for mental and emotional health, as well as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The chapter also excels academically with 50% of their membership earning a 3.5 GPA or greater in fall 2022. The Kansas Beta Chapter prides itself on leadership, academics and an engaging membership experience and has consistently been a national leader of Sigma Alpha Epsilon having earned the honor of being the top chapter in 2020, and runner up in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.   

Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity – University of Maryland – College Park (Sigma Chi Chapter)   

Since refounding the Sigma Chi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2016, the chapter continues to demonstrate leadership, service and academic excellence amongst all its members on their campus and internationally. The chapter was recognized in 2022 as a Founders’ Cup Level Chapter. Additionally, they were awarded the scholastic recognition award and the Jimmy Hammerstein Award as the top performing chapter in the mid-Atlantic region. The chapter also won the highest chapter-based award at the University of Maryland, the President’s Cup, for three consecutive years. 

Sigma Nu Fraternity – Arizona State University (Zeta Upsilon Chapter) 

Sigma Nu Fraternity’s Zeta Upsilon Chapter at Arizona State University regularly performs at the highest levels and serves as a model in campus involvement with 98% of members involved in another student organization. The chapter boasts the newly elected, current and immediate past presidents of the student government; three of the eight current IFC officers; 16 student senators; three consecutive collegiate grand councilmen on the Fraternity’s Board of Directors; and a current student board member of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation. The chapter’s impact on a local and national scale is evident by being a Rock Chapter award recipient in 2021. 

Sigma Nu Fraternity – Southeast Missouri State University (Mu Kappa Chapter)   

This chapter is a constant source of leadership, high academic achievement and philanthropy standards on their campus. The Mu Kappa Chapter earned the highest IFC grades on campus during the fall 2022 semester and every member is involved in at least one additional campus organization with numerous in key leadership positions. Also recognized in 2022 as an NIC Chapter of Distinction recipient, they are known for their constant drive for improvement a Southeast Missouri State University and for being a constant role model for other students on campus.  

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity – California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (Eta Mu Chapter) 

The Eta Mu Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has been a Zeta Beta Tau Brummer Cup for Most Outstanding Chapter finalist for four consecutive years, winning the honor in 2020. This success in the height of the pandemic has continued as they earned the chapter of the year award from Cal Poly in 2022. The chapter boasts the highest GPA on campus (higher than the all-fraternity/sorority life, all-IFC and all-men’s averages), 115 hours of community service per brother and raised $23,000 last year alone. Their devotion to sustaining success is led by incredible alumni support.