Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Phi Eta Sigma?

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for first-year students. Our goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year students in institutions of higher learning.

Who is eligible to join?

All first-year students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the close of any full time curricular period during their first year. 

Is Phi Eta Sigma a social fraternity?

Although our chapter has social events, we not a social fraternity. We are an honor society. There is a dignified induction ceremony to which parents and guests may be invited. Our chapter have projects and activities promoting academic excellence and campus and community service, but your participation is optional. 

Must I be inducted at a particular time?

Although you will prefer to be inducted with your classmates, you do not lose eligibility by missing induction. You may be inducted at a future date. 

Must I maintain a 3.5 gpa?

No, lifetime membership is conferred upon induction. 

What do I get for the membership fee? 

Your national membership fee pays for your academic key or tie tac and your membership certificate. It pays for a portion of the expenses for a chapter delegate to attend the national convention and leadership workshops that are held every two years. The national magazine, the FORUM of Phi Eta Sigma, and the study pamphlet, Hints on Learning and Studying, are provided to chapters on a complimentary basis. 

A portion of the membership fee goes to the Founders Scholarship Fund, which provides over 65 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for only Phi Eta Sigma members. 

In addition, your membership fee also covers the costs of the induction ceremony and helps pay for social, service, and academic related events the FGCU chapter sponsors throughout the years. 

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