F.requently A.sked Q.uestions


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 300 chapters throughout the United States and more than 700,000 members. Phi Eta Sigma was voted membership into the Association of College Honor Societies in 1937. Only three societies have had longer continuous membership.

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 you classmates, you do not lose eligibility by missing an induction. You may be inducted at a future date.

Is Phi Eta Sigma a social fraternity?

Although we have social events, we are not a social fraternity. There is a dignified induction ceremony to which your parents and friends may be invited. Although our chapter has projects and activities promoting academic excellence, your participation is optional. 

Must I maintain my average? 

No, life-time membership is conferred upon induction.

How much does membership cost?

The initiation fee is $30, payable once.

What do I get for the $30 fee?

Your $30 initiation fee pays for your academic key or tie tac, your engraved membership certificate, a subscription to the FORUM (our annual magazine), a contribution to the Founders' Scholarship Fund, travel of Auburn delegates to the National Convention, support of the Auburn chapter and the National Office, and also a page in the Glomerata. 

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 scholars from all other 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 performance.

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 air fare and/or automobile mileage, housing, and convention meals. Student delegates chair and staff all conventions 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 as future options are planned.

How can I get more involved?

If you are interested in getting involved, you can always come to one of our events listed on the website, go to Foy 228 and talk to Melissa Irvin Howell, or e-mail us with questions at howelmi@auburn.edu. You can also run for executive board.  Our elections are in May.  One sure way to find out about what’s happening is to get on our mailing list.  Just e-mail us your name and address.

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