Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma Crest

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for college freshmen. Our goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year college students.

The oldest and largest freshman honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois in 1923. We now have more than 370 chapters throughout the United States and more than 1 million inducted members.

The NMSU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma will hold its ceremony for induction of new members on April 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium. New Phi Eta Sigma student members, their parents, and the university community are invited to attend the induction ceremony and reception to follow.

To learn more about Phi Eta Sigma’s national activities, see the Phi Eta Sigma Homepage.


Phi Eta Sigma FAQs

Who is eligible to join Phi Eta Sigma?
All first-year students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 at the close of their first semester or the academic year.

Is Phi Eta Sigma a social fraternity?
Most chapters have social events, but we are not a social fraternity. Participation in social events is optional.

Must I maintain my average?
No, life-time membership is conferred upon induction.

What do I get for the membership fee?
Your membership fee pays for your academic key or tie tac and your membership certificate. It also pays a portion of the expenses of the local chapter fee for a chance to win a local chapter scholarship. You also receive the national magazine, the FORUM of Phi Eta Sigma.

Am I eligible for scholarships?
Phi Eta Sigma awards thirty cash scholarships of $1,000 and thirty-six $6,000 scholarships and awards in national competition. Members applying for scholarships must be nominated by their chapters. Application forms are available in the Honors office.

Why should I join Phi Eta Sigma?
Phi Eta Sigma is an outward recognition of your academic accomplishments and is an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides you the opportunity to meet freshmen scholars from all academic disciplines. Membership in Phi Eta Sigma identifies you to your employers and graduate schools as a person of superior academic ability and performance.

Phi Eta Sigma Scholarships

All active undergraduate members may apply for the  $1,000 cash scholarships. Graduate students may apply for a $6,000 cash scholarship. Application deadline is February 29th.  For an application visit the Honors College Office in the Conroy Honors Building, Room 104 (646-2005). For more information, visit the Phi Eta Sigma Homepage.