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These honor societies recognize its students for their academic achievement and student leadership in the Vanderbilt community.  Members will have the opportunity to promote academic excellence through community service, organization programs and events.  Students are encouraged to visit each honor society webpage to learn more about the organizations and their membership requirements.  Click on an honor society’s image to visit the chapter webpage directly.

At Vanderbilt, membership applications are available in Anchor Link during the spring semester and must be submitted prior to the application deadline.  Applicants who do not complete and submit their applications prior to the deadline will not be eligible for membership.

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta membership is open to all freshmen who meet the academic qualifications. Students must be registered for a full course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree and must rank in the top 20 percent of their freshman class.

Phi Eta Sigma

On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma all freshmen who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any full-time curricular period are automatically eligible for membership, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.

Lotus Eaters Sophomore Honor Society

Founded on the principles of community involvement, leadership, service and academic excellence, Lotus Eaters, a Vanderbilt University sophomore honor society of about thirty members, offers students the opportunity to spend productive time with other sophomore leaders on campus while participating in a variety of unique service-oriented projects.

Athenian Honorary

The membership of the organization consists of approximately 40 students chosen from the rising junior class. Current Athenians select new members during the spring semester. Membership is determined through an application process based on grades (twenty percent), extracurricular activities and essays (eighty percent). Extracurricular activities will be evaluated on the basis of leadership and service to Vanderbilt University and to the community.  Membership information is available for students who are interested in joining.

Omicron Delta Kappa

Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is as much an obligation and responsibility in leadership as it is a mark of highest distinction and honor. Membership is awarded to undergraduate junior and senior students; to graduate students; to faculty, staff, administration and alumni; and to persons qualifying for membership “honoris causa.”

Mortar Board

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. Mortar Board is unique among honor societies and honoraries because it goes beyond merely recognizing outstanding students. Members of each Mortar Board chapter spend their senior year working together to give back to their communities through the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service.

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