Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Phi Eta Sigma members pose with school mascotPhi Eta Sigma National Honor Society is dedicated to encouraging and rewarding academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

The oldest and largest freshman honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923, and now has more than 365 chapters throughout the United States and more than 1.1 million members.

The New York Institute of Technology inducted its first students into Phi Eta Sigma in the spring of 2004. Induction is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment and serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides members the opportunity to meet freshman scholars from all academic disciplines on their campuses and to join them in promoting academic excellence. Members may apply for scholarships available from national and from local chapters. 

Membership in Phi Eta Sigma signifies superior academic ability and performance to prospective employers, and professional and graduate schools. To qualify for membership you must receive a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) during the spring or fall semester of your first year in college. To find out more about this prestigious organization please visit:


  • To qualify for membership in Phi Eta Sigma, you must receive a 3.5 GPA during the fall or spring semester of your first year in college (transfer and graduate students are not eligible).
  • You must have registered for, and completed 12 or more credits during the semester in which you earned the 3.5 GPA.
  • Lastly, you must also be enrolled in an accredited bachelor's degree program.  Students enrolled in combined bachelor's/master's degree programs, B.S./D.O programs, and the five-year architecture program are also eligible for membership.

Scholarship and Activities

Each year, members of NYIT's chapter of Phi Eta Sigma can qualify for a national scholarship.  A graduating senior may also apply for scholarships available toward graduate school education.

The chapter offers many opportunities for its members to become active.  If you have a project that you would like the chapter to participate in, please let us know.  We are always looking for new projects, activities and ideas.  The following is a list of some Phi Eta Sigma activities both past and present:

  • Held fundraiser to benefit The Mary Brennan Inn, 2011 to present
  • Held fundraiser to benefit The Rohde Foundation, 2011 to present
  • Volunteered for St. John's Bread for Life, 2009 to present
  • Volunteered for Ronald McDonald House, 2009 to present
  • Participated in annual Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society, 2009 to present
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