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Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society

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 logo
  • 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.
More Info?

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

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