The True Gentleman Experience

The True Gentleman Experience is a holistic educational program for Sigma Alpha Epsilon members that provides a well-rounded learning experience throughout all of their collegiate academic years. In addition, the comprehensive program allows them to develop personally and professionally and calls upon resources to help our members become gentlemen, scholars, stewards and leaders in their respective communities.

The True Gentlemen Experience also provides standards and requirements that hold our members accountable. Our education and development takes place on an individually chosen basis, much like fulfilling a degree or course of study. The experience allows our chapters and colonies to access best practices and programs but also allows them to maintain positive, local programming that may be approved by advisers and staff.

The experience is divided into five major parts to correspond with the progression of a member through his learning and development each year of school: the Baseline Experience, the Loyalty Experience, the Friendship Experience, the Honor Experience and the Fraternity Experience.


True Gentleman Experience Guidebook

To view the complete and comprehensive program, CLICK HERE. We recommend saving the PDF in order to access bookmarks that provide easy navigation through the booklet. This is the version that every member should read since it contains all the components of the program.

Experience Progress Report


One of the core components of the True Gentleman Experience is accountability, which is a key component in the Fraternity and in life. Through the Experience Progress Report (EPR), chapters and colonies have that opportunity. As defined in the TGE, chapters, and colonies are to annually evaluate all members on the seven requirements of membership.

Submissions for the Experience Progress Report are due by August 1, 2018. Chapters and colonies should download the excel report, available HERE, enter all chapter members names into the report, and complete all fields, including actions taken by the Standard’s Board and updated member status. Completed forms are to be uploaded HERE.

For questions about the True Gentleman Experience, please contact Director of Educational James Irwin at (847) 424-3032, or your Chapter Development Team Member.





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