There is no simple answer to which honor societies students should join, but below are some important things consider: 

  • Students should select organizations with the most opportunities for meaningful experiences, leadership development or scholarships. Simply listing being part of a society in which you have no involvement is not meaningful - your GPA already speaks to your academic ability.
  • Students should also explore if the organization(s) is/are members of the Association of College Honor Societies. While this is certainly not proof that any organization is reputable, this list can be helpful in screening some of your choices.
  • Students should also consult the list of honors and recognition societies and their OSU representatives to see if they have a local chapter. Two of the more presigious options available at OSU are:
    • Phi Kappa Phi recruits the top 7.5% of juniors and 10% of seniors to apply and includes a variety of benefits including scholarships
    • Phi Beta Kappa recruits the top 10% of students who have completed 75% or better of their degree with a 3.5 or better and includes a variety of benefits including scholarships. Membership requires breadth in a variety or areas of the arts, natural sciences and social sciences along with some foreign language.
  • If eligible, a good rule might be to join one honor society a year that offers solid opportunities.