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Purpose and Eligibility:
Phi Eta Sigma honors students of four-year colleges and universities who have passed their freshman year with flying colors! (3.5 GPA and above)

Phi Eta Sigma logoBenefits:

  • Certificate and Honor Society “key” (charm/pin).
  • Recognition for students (and their parents) who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their freshman year at Georgian Court (i.e., for students only at four-year institutions with chapter of FHS).
  • Honor students are more employable:
    • Résumé builder: Employers appreciate the hard work necessary to attain admittance in an honor society). Include it on your résumé, for life!
    • Requirement for entrance at GS-7 level for federal jobs: According to the U.S. Civil Service Commission, membership in a national honor society is required for hire at this level of job and above.
    • Initially higher pay level for U.S. federal payroll jobs: from pay scales reported to Phi Eta Sigma National Office.
  • Opportunity for students to do charitable works such as tutoring, demonstrating Georgian Court’s commitment to Mercy core values.
  • Opportunity for Student Leadership:
    • Society elects officers annually.
    • Annual national Leadership Conference is FREE to two students and advisor every year.
  • Students are eligible to apply for National Phi Eta Sigma cash scholarships:
    • Scholarships from Phi Eta Sigma are treated separately from any financial aid awards.

Student Eligibility:

Students must have:

  • Completed their freshman year as a full-time student at Georgian Court University.
  • Completed at least two semesters at Georgian Court, and maintained continued enrollment at Georgian Court
    Maintained a:

    • 3.5 or above in the first semester as a freshman at in any matriculating major (or undeclared), or
    • 3.5 average or above in the first two semesters as a freshman at Georgian Court.


  • Transfers not eligible (Unless student transfers in their second semester as a freshman with less than 30 credits–this then counts as their first semester at GCU, see above).
  • Students are not required to maintain a 3.5 GPA, but it is hoped they would be encouraged to continue to display excellence in their academic career.


  • One-time membership dues
  • Fill out membership cards to enroll (one for national, one local)
  • Attend induction ceremony, if possible


  • Students will receive a letter of invitation in the mail AFTER the end of their freshman year.

Apply for Membership:
To apply, contact the faculty advisor for an application form. The application is due by February 1 to the faculty advisor for review and by March 1 (sent by the faculty advisor) to the national office.

For more information on this organization, please visit the National Phi Eta Sigma website.