New and Prospective Members

Dear New and Prospective Members,

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for freshmen who have demonstrated academic achievement during their first or second semester at the collegiate level. By becoming a member of Phi Eta Sigma, you are becoming a part of a society that identifies with the philosophy “knowledge is power”. Our members come from many different majors, and achieve in many different areas of life – whether it be business, medicine, law, or the arts, we are unified by our desire to succeed in our respective fields. Phi Eta Sigma will not only aid you during your journey with scholarship opportunities, free tutoring, resume reviews, interview workshops, and career nights, but we will also provide you with a strong social network that is one of the largest RSOs, registered student organizations, on campus! Be proud of your achievements, and please take the time to read the rest of this page for more information about what it means to become a part of Phi Eta Sigma.

Warm regards,
Phi Eta Sigma Executive Board


Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about Phi Eta Sigma please visit our “About Us” page. If you still have unanswered questions after reading our information pages, please feel free to email pes.uiuc@gmail.com.

  1. Is Phi Eta Sigma a Fraternity?
  2. Can I be in other societies if I join Phi Eta Sigma?
  3. What are the benefits of becoming a member?
  4. What are membership requirements?
  5. What is the membership fee?
  6. Where can I turn in my membership fee?
  7. I’ve turned in my membership fee, what next?
  8. How much time commitment is Phi Eta Sigma?

Is Phi Eta Sigma a Fraternity?
induction 2013Phi Eta Sigma is NOT a social fraternity. We are an honor society that was first established at the University of Illinois in 1923. Although we may host social events such as family dinners, we offer many other events that cater to professional development and character development of our members.

Can I be in other societies if I join Phi Eta Sigma?
Yes! We value a well-rounded member and encourage other activities on campus in addition to Phi Eta Sigma. Many of our members are part of the Greek society on campus as well as professional organizations.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?
Honor cordsBy becoming a member, you will be able to apply to the Phi Eta Sigma regional and national scholarships. These scholarships are offered once a year and the application process begin around January of each year. We also offer discounted Kaplan prep courses for all members, which is an invaluable resource in preparations for professional school entrance exams, such as the LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, or GRE. Finally, we offer many different events that cater to professional development, tutoring, and social networking. Extremely dedicated members may also earn a honor cord to wear at graduation. Qualification for the honor cord is based on a point system that involves participation in service, philanthropy, tutoring, professional development, social events, and general member meetings.

What are membership requirements?
The only requirement to becoming a member is a 3.5 GPA your first or second semester as a freshman. In other words, if you do not obtain a 3.5 GPA your first semester as a freshman, you may have another opportunity if your overall GPA is a 3.5 by the end of your second semester. Once you are a member, you are a member for life, regardless of your GPA after your freshman year.

What is the membership fee?
The membership fee covers local and national induction fees and helps fund our yearly induction ceremony and scholarships. Any remaining funds go toward our members and the events that we plan! The membership fee is a one time fee!

Where can I turn in my membership fee?
The preferred method of payment is checks, but we will have a few select dates for collecting cash this year. Please send your checks to the address listed in your invitation letter, or you may also turn them in at any of the orientation events and at our table in the ARC. The datesĀ of these collection dates will be updated at a later date. If you plan on paying cash it is important that you come to the few collection dates in person!

I’ve turned in my membership fee, what next?
After you have turned in your membership fee, you will be added to our listerv as soon as your check is processed. Please be patient as this may take up to two weeks. Once you begin receiving our weekly emails, please attend our events and get to know your fellow members more!

How much time commitment is Phi Eta Sigma?
After your induction into Phi Eta Sigma, you are a member for life regardless of your GPA after freshman year! Many of our members choose to participate in the events that we offer, however, there are no mandatory events. Members that meet certain requirements may be eligible for our gold and black honor cord that can be worn at graduation! Please see our points page for more information.