Benefits of Membership
An outward recognition of personal accomplishment and an incentive for continued high scholarship.
The opportunity to meet scholars from all academic disciplines on your campus and to join them in promoting academic excellence and campus and community service.
Identifies you to employers, professionals, and graduate schools as a person of superior academic ability and commitment.
Local chapter and national leadership opportunities.
A national scholarship program awarded to deserving applicants – six or more $7,000 graduate scholarships; thirty-seven or more $5,000 undergraduate scholarships; and one or more $1,000 undergraduate awards.
A $10,000 Scholar-Leader-of-The-Year Award chosen from the pool of scholarship applicants.
Chapter scholarships and awards.
An affordable national initiation fee of $35 (as of July 1, 2019), plus local initiation fee.
A certificate and golden key of membership.
A national convention and leadership workshops – National pays registration fee, hotel housing, convention meals, and regional entertainment for one chapter adviser and one student delegate representing each active chapter.
Top quality national publications.
Official Society jewelry, fashion collections, and academic regalia.
On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, any freshman meeting one or more of the following requirements is automatically eligible for membership
A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any full-time curricular period.
A class rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.
Is taking a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor's degree.
**These requirements may very between local chapters. To be sure about your specific campus requirements, contact your local chapter adviser.
Q & A
What is Phi Eta Sigma?
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for first-year college students. Our goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year students in institutions of higher learning. The oldest and largest first-year honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923. We now have more than 375 chapters throughout the United States and more than 1,000,000 inducted members.
Who is eligible to join?
On campuses with a chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, all first-year students are eligible to join who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the close of any full-time 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 your induction opportunity. Check with the local chapter adviser to learn how and when you may be inducted.
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 and campus and community service, but your participation is optional.
Must I maintain my grade point average?
No. Lifetime membership is conferred upon induction.
What do I get for the national membership fee?
Upon induction you will receive a membership certificate and academic key or tie tac. Along with that, your one-time membership fee guarantees you lifetime membership into the society.
Who is eligible for the scholarships and awards?
Any active member of Phi Eta Sigma may apply for a scholarship. Members applying for the undergraduate scholarships and awards, as well as the Scholar-Leader of the Year Award, must be nominated by their chapters. Members interested in graduate scholarships may submit applications directly to national; chapter nomination is not required for graduate applications, but endorsement by the chapter adviser is recommended.
Scholarship application forms are available from chapter advisers. The national deadline is set each year by the national headquarters office and the local deadline is set by the chapter. Many local chapters also award scholarships.
Why should I join Phi Eta Sigma?
Phi Eta Sigma is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It provides opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and campus and community service.
Who participates in the national convention and leadership workshops?
Every active chapter has the opportunity to nominate a student delegate to attend the biennial national convention and leadership workshops. The national office pays for the delegate's registration fee, housing and convention meals. Student delegates chair and staff all convention committees, elect all national officers, and provide guidance for the future. At each convention, three students are elected to serve a two-year term on the national Executive Committee. Student leadership is a major strength for Phi Eta Sigma in directing the Society’s future.
Is there a Phi Eta Sigma chapter at my school?
Please visit our Chapter Listings to find specific chapters
How can an institution apply for a Phi Eta Sigma chapter?
Establishing a chapter of Phi Eta Sigma begins with leadership, specifically a faculty or staff member who desires to provide national honor society recognition and rewards to students who achieve academic excellence during their first year of higher education. Please click here for more information on how to start a chapter.
How can I apply for Phi Eta Sigma scholarships and awards?
To learn how to apply, click here. For additional information, contact your local chapter adviser.
Shop Phi Eta Sigma
You can now order individual graduation honor cords and medallions directly from the national office's website! Click the link below to go browse our store and submit your order.
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For graduation regalia, Phi Eta Sigma offers members and chapters the ability to order official society cords and medallions, featured above.