Benefits of Membership
More than $300,000 in scholarships are awarded annually by the national organization, and thousands are awarded by local chapters.*
For nearly a century, membership in Phi Eta Sigma has been a nationally recognized symbol of achieving an exceptional academic record in one's first year of college.
Phi Eta Sigma members join a diverse community of leaders, innovators, creators, collaborators, and scholars. We provide opportunities for connections at the local, regional, and national levels.
Through their local chapters and the national office, Phi Eta Sigma members have unique access to engaging programming centered on our core values of a well cared for mind, health, and character.*
*Click the titles of Programming and Scholarships to read more.
On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, any freshman meeting the following requirements is automatically eligible for membership
A 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 full-time academic courseload
**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 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.