- What is Phi Eta Sigma?
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for college freshmen. Our
goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in
institutions of higher learning.
The oldest and largest freshman honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was
founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923. We now have
more than 260 chapters throughout the United States and more than
Phi Eta Sigma was voted membership into the Association of College
Honor Societies in 1937. Only three societies have had longer continuous
- Who is eligible to join?
On campuses with a chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, all freshman men and
women are eligible to join who have a cumulative gradepoint average of
at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the close of any curricular period
during their first year.
- Must I be inducted at a particular time?
Although you will prefer to be inducted with your classmates, you do not
lose eligibility by missing an induction. You may be inducted later or
- Is Phi Eta Sigma a social fraternity?
Although some chapters have social events, we are not a social
fraternity. There is a dignified induction ceremony to which your
parents and friends may be invited. Most chapters have projects and
activities promoting academic excellence, but your participation is
- Must I maintain my average?
No, life-time membership is conferred upon induction.
- How much does membership cost?
The national membership fee is $15, payable once, the lowest of any
major honor society. Local chapters assess an additional fee, also
- What do I get for the $15 national fee?
Your national fee of $15 pays for your key or tie tac, your engraved
membership certificate, and your copy of the FORUM. It pays expenses
of chapter delegates to the national convention and pays for a study
pamphlet provided free to campuses with a chapter of Phi Eta Sigma for
distribution to all new students.
A portion of the $15 goes to the Founders Fund, which provides up to
ten $2000 graduate scholarships and more than twenty $1000 awards to
- Who is eligible for the scholarships?
Cash graduate scholarships of $2000 and undergraduate awards of $1000
are given to members of Phi Eta Sigma selected by the national
scholarship committee. Any graduating member may apply for the
graduate scholarships, which are for the first year only of graduate
school. Members applying for the undergraduate awards must be nominated
by their chapters.
Your local chapter adviser has the application forms; national deadline
is March 1. Many local chapters also award scholarships.
- Why should I join Phi Eta Sigma?
Phi Eta Sigma is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment
and serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides
you the opportunity to meet freshman scholars from all academic
disciplines on your campus and to join them in promoting academic
excellence. Also, you may apply for scholarships provided by national
and by some local chapters.
Membership in Phi Eta Sigma identifies you to employers, professional
and graduate schools as a person of superior academic ability and