Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society inspired by the past and dedicated to the future whose 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, and now has more than three hundred chapters throughout the United States and more than 800,000 members.
Phi Eta Sigma was voted membership into the Association of College Honor Societies in 1937. Only three societies have had longer continuous membership.
Induction is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment and serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides members the opportunity to meet freshman scholars from all academic disciplines on their campuses and to join them in promoting academic excellence. Members may apply for scholarships available from national and from local chapters.
Membership in Phi Eta Sigma identifies its members to employers, professional and graduate schools as persons of superior academic ability and performance.
The University of Central Florida 's Phi Eta Sigma chapter was re-chartered on November 12, 2004. During this ceremony, the chapter was re-established on campus and 150 students were inducted into the honor society.
Presently, there are over 200 active members of Phi Eta Sigma and membership will be extended to first year students at the end of fall and spring semesters.