Membership eligibility is determined differently for undergraduate students, transfer students, graduate students, local honoraries, and national honoraries. The major area of study will include, but not be limited to, those recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The membership of Phi Upsilon Omicron shall be open to men and women (without discrimination of any type) who meet the requirements for eligibility and shall consist of collegiate, alumni, local honorary, and national honorary members (see Bylaws).
An undergraduate student shall be eligible to be a collegiate member of a chapter if the individual:
- has completed a minimum of 36 semester hours, 50 quarter hours, or the equivalent. The hours must include 6 hours of course work in areas including, but not limited to, those recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
- is majoring in family and consumer sciences or one of its related areas in an institution where a chapter is established;
- ranks not lower than the highest thirty-five percent of their class in general scholarship.
- exhibits the potential for professional and community leadership;
- demonstrates a spirit of service; and,
- exemplifies character through personal integrity and professional attitude
A transfer student shall become eligible for membership after the completion of one semester or two quarters and after meeting eligibility requirements. A review of the individual’s cumulative record of scholarship, leadership, and character must be made.
A graduate student enrolled in family and consumer sciences or related area shall be eligible for membership when the following criteria are met:
- when the student has completed 12 semester hours or its equivalent in courses in family and consumer sciences and related areas. The student is not required to hold a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, but may have earned the degree in an allied area. The student may or may not have come from an institution where there is a collegiate chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc.
- when the student’s undergraduate record has been evaluated and shows that the student’s scholarship meets the requirements for membership, then the other criteria for membership should be carefully considered. The grade point average for a graduate student should be a minimum of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. It is also of utmost importance, especially for those students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, to determine their potential leadership, interest in, and dedication to the field of family and consumer sciences.
A local honorary membership may be conferred upon a person who is active in family and consumer sciences or an allied field, exhibits the qualities of Phi Upsilon Omicron membership, and can be expected to make a contribution to the collegiate chapter.
- Local Honorary Nomination Form (One month prior to initiation)
National honorary membership may be conferred upon a person of eminence in the family and consumer sciences field or an allied field who has made a significant contribution to family and consumer sciences on the national level.