Honor societies have a rich tradition of scholarship and service to our community. They allow students to interact with one another and form relationships with faculty and staff. Activities may include induction ceremonies, service projects, professional development seminars, and meetings regarding the graduate school application process.

Each of these organizations have special entrance requirements, and many require a minimum grade point average or class rank.

Phi Kappa Phi

National Honor Society for All Academic Disciplines

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a resume. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each chapter is managed by a team of chapter officers made up of faculty, staff, and student officers who organize activities for members on the campus and in the local community.

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Sigma Beta Delta

International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration

The mission of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Sigma Beta Delta was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation.

Psi Chi

International Honor Society in Psychology

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Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi at Russell Sage College was chartered on May 11, 1972 as the 311th chapter. Students who meet the class standing and GPA requirements are invited and encouraged to apply for membership. There is a formal initiation ceremony annually.

Benefits of membership include international recognition of academic excellence in psychology, professional affiliation, free publications, social media platforms, psychology conventions, and opportunities to apply for awards and grants. Russell Sage College’s Chapter of Psi Chi can be reached by contacting Dr. Julie McIntyre.

Sigma Tau Delta

English Honor Society

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The Alpha Alpha Sigma chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society was founded at Russell Sage College in 1991. Sigma Tau Delta is

  • an English honor society for students at accredited colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate or higher degrees
  • was established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing
  • is dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English
  • is the second largest member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)
  • has over 875 local chapters in the U.S. and abroad—and growing

Members are given black and red cords at graduation. The Russell Sage College chapter can be reached by contacting Dr. Tonya Moutray.

Sigma Theta Tau

International Honor Society for Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau is the international honor society for nursing. The Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is committed to fostering excellence, scholarship, and leadership in nursing to improve health care worldwide. Nursing students at Russell Sage College who meet eligibility requirements will be invited for membership in the STTI and may apply to the Delta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Students are eligible for induction in their senior year. Students who chose to apply for membership will need to request a recommendation for membership by two current members; one of whom must be a faculty member. Induction into the society is held in the Fall. Faculty counselors can be contacted for further information about the organization and membership.

Students invited to apply must meet the expectations of academic integrity as described below.

  • have completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum
  • rank in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class

Additional information about the Delta Pi Chapter and/or the process for application is on the Delta Pi Chapter bulletin board in Ackerman Hall. For more information go to www.nursingsociety.org

Alpha Sigma Lambda

National Honor Society for Continuing Education Students

Since 1982, Alpha Sigma Lambda at Russell Sage College recognizes the special achievements of adults enrolled in Evening, Weekend and Online programs who achieve academic excellence while balancing the competing interests of home, work, school and community. Through leadership born of effort, both scholastically and fraternally, Alpha Sigma Lambda inspires its candidates to give of their strengths to their fellow students and communities through their academic achievements.

Matriculated Evening, Weekend and Online bachelor’s degree candidates who qualify may be invited to become members of Alpha Sigma Lambda Gamma Nu Chapter. Members must rank in the highest 10 percent of those students and must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Matriculation in an Evening, Weekend and Online bachelor’s degree program
  • 3.700 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • At least 24 completed Sage credits (institutional credits)
  • Completion of 75 or more credits
  • Liberal arts: at least 15 semester hours of a student’s total hours should consist of credits in liberal arts and sciences
  • Experiential learning credits are not graded and may not be used

Each spring, Russell Sage College inducts new members from among selected outstanding students. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Advisement at [email protected].