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Honors Council

Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society
Phi Eta Sigma is an all-disciplines freshman national honor society established in 1923. The local chapter was formed in 1955. The purpose of Phi Eta Sigma is to encourage and reward high scholastic achievement among freshmen students in institutions of higher education. There are over 375 chapters throughout the United States and more than 500,000 members. Among the activities of Phi Eta Sigma are a topical lecture series, discussion groups, social events, and national conventions.


All students who earn a GPA of at least 3.5 either semester of their freshmen year at SDSU are eligible for membership. At the end of the summer just before beginning the sophomore year, these students are invited to join via University email. An offical induction ceremony takes place with the Fall Semester. Students who were eligible but missed induction after their freshman year may apply to join retroactively only during the designated membership period in the month of September.

For further information contact the chapter secretary at


Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Founders Fund Scholarship--
Applications for this national scholarship are due in February. The SDSU Chapter has received awards two years in a row. Congratulations to previous recipients: Kevin Kwoka ($6,000), Ryan Fowler ($6,000) and Jasmin Jakobsen ($1,000).

SDSU Phi Eta Sigma Excellence Awards--
This year, the local Phi Eta Sigma chapter will continue to award these these two local scholarships. Applications are due in April. 
National Website 

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Dr. Chuck Goehring, Adviser

Department School of Communication


Marisa Cubing, Phi Eta Sigma President