On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, all freshmen who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any full-time curricular period are automatically eligible for membership, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor's degree and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.
Life-time membership is conferred upon induction, and maintaining the grade-point average is not required.
Although students will prefer to be inducted with their classmates, eligibility is not lost by missing an induction; one may be inducted at a regularly scheduled induction ceremony.
The national membership fee of $20 (a local fee is also required to meet the chapter's needs) pays for an academic key or tie tac, membership certificate, and a copy of the national magazine, Forum of Phi Eta Sigma. The fee also pays a portion of the expenses for a chapter delegate to attend the national convention; and a portion goes to the Founders Fund, which provides approximately eighty-two $1,000 awards and twenty-nine $2,000 scholarships each year to members of Phi Eta Sigma for undergraduate study. Five $4,000 scholarships are also available for the first year of graduate study. Additional information about scholarships may be obtained from the "Scholarships" section of this web site.
Attention: Students who enroll in developmental classes (Reading 100, Math 100 or 101, or English 100) prior to induction will not be eligible for membership.