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Honors Societies

Alpha Alpha Alpha

Tri-Alpha, also known as Alpha Alpha Alpha, is a national honor society for first-generation scholars. The Fresno Pacific University chapter of the Tri-Alpha National Honor Society was founded in 2022. This honor society is a way to celebrate the academic achievements of our first-generation students. To learn more about the Tri-Alpha Honors Society, visit their official website: Alpha Alpha Alpha 

Students who meet the following eligibility requirements will be invited for membership and for the Induction ceremony in November: 


  • Enrolled full-time.
  • Earned at least 30 units towards a baccalaureate degree (may include transfer credit).
  • Achieved an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale Neither of the student's parents nor legal guardians completed a bachelor's degree.


Full-time graduate students who are first-generation students can be admitted if they have completed at least one term of study (9 or more graduate credits) and have a GPA in their graduate program of at least 3.0.

Faculty and Staff may be inducted as well. To qualify, they must have met the definition of a first-generation student listed above at the time they completed their bachelor's degree. Faculty and staff must be willing to serve as mentors for first-generation students.

Alpha Chi National Honor Society

Alpha Chi is a national academic honor society open to traditional undergraduate juniors and seniors in all disciplines. Its purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students. FPU sponsors the California Zeta Chapter, one of 300 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Candidates must have been a regular student in the electing institution not less than one academic year (24 units) and be in the top 10 percent of their class. FPU Alpha Chi members regularly attend and give scholarly presentations at regional and national conventions. The chapter is designated a Star Chapter by the national association.

For more information, contact the faculty sponsor.

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Established in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society and is open to all undergraduate students who have earned a 3.1 GPA in 12 or more hours of history courses and have a 3.0 GPA overall in their undergraduate studies at Fresno Pacific University. The aim of Phi Alpha Theta is to foster interest in the discipline of history and promote scholarly excellence in historical study. The Alpha Xi Zeta chapter at Fresno Pacific University is one of the 870 Phi Alpha Theta chapters located at universities across the United States. For more information about Phi Alpha Theta, please contact the chapter advisor.