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A Matter of HONOR

Reach for Excellence

Honor society membership, like most worthwhile things in life, does not come easily. Therefore, when an invitation to membership 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 meet the high standards of 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. But all of the societies bestow honor, recognition, and lifetime distinction.

Don't let the Greek names fool you. College honor societies are not social clubs or political organizations, nor is membership in them a path to instant success. Honor society members are 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 honor society listed on your resumé provides a tangible sign of your academic success.

Enrich Your Education

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. 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

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.

Advance Your Professional Career

Whether you intend to go to graduate school or use your knowledge in industry or the professions, your 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 an honor society is more than a recognition of your success; it is an invitation to excellence. Reach for excellence.

Accept the Challenge


Other Benefits

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.

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.

Federal Employment - In a letter dated April 13, 1973, the U.S. Civil Service Commission stated, "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. However, applicants must meet all of the requirements as described in the particular Federal Job Announcement covering the positions for which they apply." This affords a tangible acknowledgment of merit.

Internship Scholarships - Through partnerships with the Washington Internship Institute, The Fund for American Studies, and The Washington Center of Internships and academic Seminars, student members of each ACHS member society may qualify for scholarships. See links at for more information.

Partnerships with Other Professional Associations - 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.