- Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines.
- Inspired by the past and dedicated to the future, the Society's mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.
- The three Greek words appearing on our crest form the motto of the organization: 'Knowledge is Power.'
Since its founding, more than 1,100,000 scholars have been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma.
- Phi Eta Sigma chapters are chartered on 377 campuses across the United States.
- Hundreds of college and university faculty and staff volunteers share their time to serve as advisers to local chapters.
- Approximately $300,000 in scholarships is awarded annually by the national organization, and many additional thousands are awarded by local chapters.
- An important strength of Phi Eta Sigma is its form of government. It is governed by a Constitution and Laws generated by student delegates attending national conventions. At the biennial conventions, student delegates also elect the national officers and Executive Committee members.
- Phi Eta Sigma conducts a biennial national convention of student members and chapter advisers from across the nation.
- The official magazine of the honor society, The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma, is published annually and distributed to active members through the local campus chapters.