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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

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. UCR faculty members nominate students to become inductee’s of this prestigious society. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is very competitive, based on grade point average and other selection criteria. Each year, approximately five percent of the graduating class (seniors) and one percent of juniors are elected to UCR’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Alpha Lambda Delta – A national society that honors academic excellence during a student's first year at college.

Gamma Beta Phi Society – The national honors society in all undergraduate fields of study.

Gamma Sigma Delta – The honors society of agriculture.

Golden Key International Honors Society – A national honors society in all undergraduate fields of study.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars – An honors organization which recognizes outstanding academic achievement among first- and second-year students and encourages members to develop leadership skills through community service.

Omicron Delta Kappa – The national leadership honors society for college students, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.

Omicron Delta Epsilon – The international honors society of economics.

Phi Alpha Theta – History honors society.

Pi Sigma Alpha – The national honors society for political science.

Psi Chi – The national honors society in psychology.

Sigma Xi – The international research society.

Tau Beta Pi – The engineering honors society founded in 1885 by Edward H. Williams Jr. It’s dedicated to integrity and excellence in engineering

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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