College Honor Societies

Here are some college honors societies I came across during my experience at Illinois State University (ISU). Some of this may be out of date as I have been out of college for a while now. It is not necessary to join many of these societies and a high GPA or Dean’s List mention is just as impressive. Furthermore, you are paying money for something you may not use. Nevertheless, many provide opportunities which are exclusive to members and or active members. You may just want to join one or two that you can actively participate in and consider what you have learned from researching various college honor societies. Supposedly, in places like Japan there are no honor societies. I could be wrong. Here in the US we are very into grades and other places they are more into test scores and do not have honors societies. Joining an honors society does allow you to connect with like-minded people. Although there are other registered student organizations (RSOs) on campuses that are not honors societies that allow you to connect to like-minded individuals. I have seen some opportunities such as study abroad programs that are competitive and open to only honors students. The vast majority of study abroad programs do not require you to be an honors student, but they do have minimum GPA requirements and sometimes are only open to certain majors.

Dean’s List
  • Free, receive certificate when GPA is in top 10%
  • no honors courses required

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  • Can be admitted after freshman year by having a high GPA
  • freshman admission is based on GPA and a minimum ACT/SAT score of 27 or 1270
  • must complete a honors course every semester which is usually more difficult than most and requires extra work
  • In-Course Honors contracts, contracts for Independent Honors Study, Undergraduate Research Participation and Honors Thesis
  • free with no membership fees
  • presidential scholarship for freshman with the highest ACT/SAT scores and GPAs and do well on the interview, the scholarship covers tuition but not room and board and requires a study abroad
  • Honors Student Organization Meetings
  • Fulbright Scholarship competition open to current seniors, graduate students and alumni, can search ISU website for deadlines and more info
Kappa Delta


  • An International Honor Society in Education
  • membership fee, join on invitation
  • have a magazine called Record, offer conferences, need a minimum major GPA to join, possibly a 3.6, that is set by the local chapter
Golden Key International Honour



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  • one time membership fee of $70, invited to join when have a GPA in the top 15%
  • scholarships, internships with places such as the Center for International Studies (CIS), reminders on applications such as Teach For America (, networking, employment opportunities
  • members only website section, with a “go-to-college” info and resources section, CONCEPTS publication that profiles successes of members
  • complimentary electronic subscription to DiversityInc Magazine (only business magazine focusing on diversity in business and the marketplace) as per details explained on website
  • 12 month program with monthly activities to help you achieve your goals called “Golden Keys to Realizing Your Potential”
  • Partnership with World Education Partners literacy program, raising funds selling Garfield Early Learning Series for children ages 3-9, literacy display competition can win a free International Conference Registration at the Leadership Training Conference
  • Member of Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), American Council on Education (ACE), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Association of International Educators (NAFSA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • Had a Vault Video Resume Makeover contest,
  • Uses YFonGlobal to host and build their social network called MyGK
  • Local chapters nominate candidates for the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)
  • Offers a discount on Golden Key Math for members and their families to practice math topics from home,
  • World MBA Tour,, complimentary admission, usually $5
  • Princeton Review discount on any GMAT, GRE, LSAT or MCAT course and it extends to immediate family members preparing for the SAT or ACT
  • One year subscription to The Atlantic
The National Dean’s List ®
  • Membership fee, nominated, write essay
Phi Theta
  • one time membership fee of $90, International Honor Society of the Two-Year College
  • like how this gives you a reference letter as in my experience it has been hard to get reference letters in general
  • minimum GPA of 3.5 and 12 credit hours required
  • have conferences, support causes like Better World Books
Alpha Lambda Delta
  • for freshmen and sophomores with a 3.5 GPA or higher
National Society of Collegiate
  • NSCS Convention once a year with details found on website (career workshops, networking opportunities, keynote speakers etc.)
    • travel stipends for a select number of members that apply
  • Scholarships such as the Scholar Abroad Scholarship and Semester at Sea program
  • summer reads program at, books such as “You Call The Shots”
  • partnership with Business Today and chance to apply for an all-expenses paid Business Today International Conference in New York City for several years now, see
  • service activities such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Relay 4 Life, Malaria prevention(as per campaign)

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