Student Success Strategy #20: Honor Societies Part I

Beyond honors you can earn each semester for academic achievement, there are academic honor societies that can provide many benefits to students, including scholarships and networking opportunities.  Here are just a few to watch for as you begin your academic journey.

Freshman Honor Societies:  

On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, all freshmen who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any full-time curricular period are automatically eligible for membership, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.

Life-time membership is conferred upon induction, and maintaining the grade-point average is not required.

Community College Honor Societies:

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is found at regionally accredited institutions offering associate degree programs.  You must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree (part-time students may be eligible).  You must generally have a grade point average of 3.5.

Most honor societies extend invitations to superior students, although there is still a fee involved joining them.  There are scams masquerading as honor societies, so you should do your research on legitimate honor societies before joining.  A future post will discuss how to determine which honor societies are the ones you should consider joining.

Student Success Strategy #20:  Honor Societies can help you focus on academics and impress future employers.


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