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A Matter of HONOR
Reach for Excellence
Membership in a legitimate honor society, like most worthwhile things in life, does not come easily. When an invitation to membership in an ACHS certified honor society arrives, it truly is a matter of honor, reflecting exceptional academic achievement and perhaps outstanding campus leadership and service.
The organizations listed on this web site have proven that they meet high standards for certification by the Association of College Honor Societies. Certain societies induct first-year students while others elect only upper-class or graduate students; some include all academic fields, while others focus on specialized areas such as English or engineering. Regardless of specialization, all ACHS member societies bestow honor, recognition, and lifetime distinction.
Don't let the Greek names fool you. Genuine college honor societies are not social clubs or political organizations, nor is membership in them a path to instant success. Honor society members are talented, hard-working people—like you—with similar interests and high achievements. They are eager to advance scholarship, ethics, and professionalism in their academic disciplines. Consider these benefits college honor societies offer:
Recognize Your Outstanding Achievement
Though achievement is its own reward, earning your honor society key or pin demonstrates that you have accomplished something that makes you special and puts you at the top of your chosen field. Having an ACHS honor society membership listed on your résumé provides a tangible “stamp of approval” – an indication of your academic success.
Enrich Your Education
ACHS certified honor societies, especially those serving a single academic discipline, help to keep members current in their fields through publications and by means of local, state, regional, and national meetings, activities, and extended learning experiences. This service begins during the college years and extends into the alumni programs that many of the societies offer. Whether or not you choose to remain in the field related to your college major, your honor society affiliation broadens your horizons and your education.
Help You Make Career Choices
Legitimate honor societies provide members with more insight into disciplines than can be gained through classroom experience alone. Honor societies help members decide direction for future study and development by sponsoring activities that explore various fields and specializations.
Advance Your Professional Career
Whether you intend to go to graduate school or use your knowledge in industry or the professions, your certified ACHS college honor society key helps open doors. People in your field recognize your membership as a mark of excellence that identifies you as exceptional. An invitation to membership in a certified honor society is more than a recognition of your success; it is an invitation to excellence.
Accept the Challenge
Federal Employment - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policies note that membership in a national honor society meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal service. All ACHS certified honor society members are eligible for this benefit. “Agencies considering eligibility based on any society [that is not an ACHS member] must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.” This affords a tangible acknowledgment of merit.
Internship Scholarships -Through partnerships with the Washington Internship Institute, The Fund for American Studies, The Washington Center of Internships and Academic Seminars, The Osgood Center, The PhD Project, and United Planet, student members of each ACHS certified member society may qualify for scholarships. See the links under Resources-> Partners for more information.
Classification of Honor Societies
The Association of College Honor Societies defines campus organizations in the following manner:
Honor Society - an honor society is an association of primarily collegiate members and chapters whose purposes are to encourage and recognize superior scholarship and/or leadership and research achievement either in broad fields of education or in specialized (departmental) fields at either undergraduate or graduate levels. ACHS certified honor societies are those that have proven that they uphold the highest standards for scholarship, integrity, and participatory governance (among other things).
Recognition Society - a recognition society is an organization which confers membership in recognition of a student's interest and participation in some field of collegiate study or activity with more liberal membership requirements than are prescribed for general and specialized honor societies.
ACHS is proud to partner with many other professional associations. We have developed relationships with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Center for Academic Integrity, the Center for Ethics, the National Collegiate Honors Council, the College Parents of America, among others. These partnerships strengthen the visibility and role of ACHS in the higher education community and the credibility of membership in ACHS member honor societies.Relationships have been developed with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Center for Academic Integrity, the Center for Ethics, the National Collegiate Honors Council, the College Parents of America, among others. These partnerships strengthen the visibility and role of ACHS in the higher education community and the credibility of membership in ACHS member honor societies.