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Honor Societies


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Honor Societies

Honor societies have a wide range of purposes. There are regional, national, international societies, societies for specific class levels or types of students, societies with specific missions or goals and discipline specific societies. Most honor societies charge a fee, usually for lifetime membership.

The benefits of joining vary and depend on the student. Many societies have a chapter presence on the campus that provides leadership, community service and/or a wide range of other valuable assets. Many honor societies offer scholarship opportunities or discounts on items that are of value to an undergraduate.

Association of College Honor Societies

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) is an organization that offers certification for college and university honor societies. They have some good advice on their site to help you make the decision about joining a particular group. Not all societies request certification, so there can be high end societies not on their certification list.

Honors Societies at UCR

Students may also be invited or be asked to apply to a variety of Honor societies/organizations. They are regional, national, and international societies; societies for specific class levels or types of students; societies with specific missions or goals; and discipline-specific societies. Most honor societies charge a fee, usually for lifetime membership. With the exception of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Sigma, these societies are not affiliated with University Honors.

The benefits of joining vary and depend on the student. Many societies have a chapter presence on the campus that provides leadership, community service and/or a wide range of other valuable assets. Many honor societies offer scholarship opportunities or discounts on items that are of value to an undergraduate. While the list below is not exhaustive, they include a brief overview of some of the ones on campus. Before deciding whether or not you want to join an honors society/organization, review its website, speak to a representative, and consider what aspects align with your goals and interests.

Phi Beta Kappa – The nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious academic honor society, was founded on December 5, 1776 by five students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The UCR Chapter designated Iota of California, was chartered in 1964 and is housed at University Honors (click on the PBK link on the side menu for more information). UCR faculty members nominate students to become inductees of this prestigious society, and entry into Phi Beta Kappa is by invitation only.

Tau Sigma - A National Honors Society open only to students who have transferred from other campuses to UCR, and then received a 3.5 or higher GPA in their first quarter here.Tau Sigma is specially designed to promote academic and personal excellence as well as campus involvement of transfer students.

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