Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for first-year students at Emory University. Our goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen 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 with more than 700,000 members total. Phi Eta Sigma was voted membership into the Association of College Honor Societies in 1937. Only three societies have had longer continuous membership.