In 1858, Jewett DeVotie (brother of SAE founder Noble Leslie DeVotie) came to the small Columbian College in Washington D.C. to attend graduate school and with him brought his Fraternity, starting the Greek system at what was later renamed The George Washington University. The strength of the chapter was immediately tested with the arrival of the Civil War, and after the war ended it left only the Washington, D.C. chapter of SAE alive. This chapter has gone on to exist for over 150 years and the rebirth of the Fraternity across the nation began here at the George Washington University. Nationally known as the "Chapter Who Survived the War," the chapter is a symbol of the Fraternity's rebirth. Since this time the fraternity has initiated over 300,000 people and has become one of the largest and most recognizable in the country.
Washington City Rho (WCP) is a fully-recognized undergraduate chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a fully recognized chapter of the George Washington University's IFC.