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Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for first-year students at Emory University. Our goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen 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 300 chapters throughout the United States with more than 700,000 members total. Phi Eta Sigma was voted membership into the Association of College Honor Societies in 1937. Only three societies have had longer continuous membership.

Facts

  • 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.”
  • Phi Eta Sigma was voted membership into the Association of College Honor Societies in 1937. Only two societies have had longer continuous membership.
  • Those elected to membership must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.90 on a 4.0 scale at the end of the first semester of freshmen year, under full-time curricular period, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Since its founding, more than 975,000 scholars have been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma.
  • Phi Eta Sigma chapters are chartered on 365 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 $285,000 in scholarships is awarded annually by the national organization, and many additional thousands are awarded by local chapters.

Membership Eligibility

Those elected to membership must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.90 on a 4.0 scale at the end of the first semester of freshmen year, under full-time curricular period, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree.

Attention: A new requirement has been instated for Spring 2011 Inductees. Freshmen must be enrolled in at least 16 credit hours during their fall semester to be eligible for induction into Phi Eta Sigma.