Liberty University Honor Societies
We are proud to participate in numerous Honor Societies, offering our students another excellent educational and professional benefit.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Honor Societies
What is an Honor Society?
Honor Societies exist to recognize students for their outstanding academic achievements. Many honor societies reward students with tuition assistance during their time as a member. Liberty University is proud to offer several honor societies for our diverse student body.
Why should I join an Honor Society?
Honor Societies are completely optional. However, being a member emphasizes leadership, academic excellence, and character that can give you an edge on your résumé for future employers. As a member of an honor society, you will also have the opportunity to make connections with other students and professionals who share the same interests and goals as you.
How do I join an Honor Society?
Each honor society has specific eligibility requirements. Please see our list of societies and their requirements below.
Liberty University’s Honor Societies
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. The national organization has been in existence since 1924 and recognizes students who have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their first semester as college freshmen. Please visit the Alpha Lambda Delta website for additional eligibility information.
Kappa Delta Pi — International Education
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honors society in education with the purpose of promoting excellence in future professionals and recognizing the outstanding contributions made to education. Membership is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures the member’s continuance academically and professionally in the field of education. Please visit the Kappa Delta Pi website for additional eligibility information.
Kappa Mu Epsilon — Mathematics
VA Gamma is Liberty University’s chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon. KME is a specialized honors society in mathematics that was founded in 1931 to promote interest in mathematics among undergraduate students. Students who wish to join must have completed 3 semesters of college and rank in the upper 35% of their class. Please visit the KME website for additional eligibility information.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections in addition to leadership, service, and scholarship opportunities. To join, students must be in their first or second year of college and have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Please visit the NSCS website for additional eligibility information.
Liberty University was recognized as an NSCS Silver Star Chapter for the 2017-2018 school year. The achievement of Silver Star Status distinguishes our chapter among more than 320 chapters throughout the country.
Omega Nu Lambda — Online Programs Students
Omega Nu Lambda (ONL) is offered exclusively to online students. Experience a community atmosphere when you network with other ONL members in the United States. Your academic accomplishments and ONL membership will also help you stand out to future employers.
Phi Alpha — Social Work
The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. This honor society fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. You must be at least a Sophomore or above and have declared social work as your major and been approved through Gate 1 of the program. Additionally, you must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.25 in required social work courses. For more information visit the Phi Alpha website.
Psi Chi — Psychology
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology and purposes to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in all fields, particularly psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. Liberty University students wishing to join Psi Chi must complete 36 total hours (9 hours of which must be psychology courses) and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Please visit the Psi Chi website for details and additional eligibility information.
Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. Founded in 1930, the purpose of the society is to encourage interest and activity among students in the area of philosophy. Liberty University’s Zeta chapter was founded in 1987. Students interested in joining must have completed 3 full semesters of college and at least 2 courses in philosophy while ranking in the upper 35% of their class. Please visit the Phi Sigma Tau website for details and additional eligibility information.
Sigma Beta Delta — Business
Sigma Beta Delta is an honor society for students in business, management, and administration. To join Sigma Beta Delta, Liberty University students must have junior or senior status and an overall GPA in the top 20% of School of Business students. Please visit the Sigma Beta Delta website for additional eligibility information.
Zeta Tau is Liberty University’s Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honor Society in English. Sigma Tau Delta provides opportunities for networking, publication, and scholarships. English majors or minors wishing to join must have completed 2 English classes beyond freshman requirements, 3 total semesters of college, and hold at least a “B” in all English courses. Please visit the Zeta Tau website for details and additional eligibility information.
Tau Sigma — Transfer Students
Tau Sigma is an academic honor society designed specifically to “recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students.” Students looking to join Tau Sigma must have completed at least 24 credit hours at the prior institution(s) and must have completed the first semester at Liberty University with a 3.5 GPA. Please visit the Tau Sigma website for details and additional eligibility information.