Honor Societies

Fraternity and Sorority Life-specific honor societies recognize the excellence of fraternity men and sorority women on campus. They provide a forum to promote positive inter-fraternal relations and engage the diversity of leaders that represent Fraternity and Sorority Life. There are 3 honor societies at the University of Cincinnati:

  • Order of Omega
  • Phi Rho Chi
  • Rho Lambda

These honor societies only select members of the social fraternity and sorority community. You must already be a member of a fraternity or sorority to be considered for membership. Selection is done by what is called "tapping": new members are announced publicly to honor those selected.

Order of Omega

The Order of Omega is a national leadership honor society for social fraternity men and sorority women. Order of Omega now has over 500 chapters in the United States and Canada, with over 200,000 initiated members. It selects as members upper-class men and women who exemplify high standards of character, scholarship, and leadership in the fraternity and sorority community.

The Zeta Zeta chapter at the University of Cincinnati was founded in 1985. The number of students initiated into membership in any one year may not exceed three percent (3%) of the total number of enrolled full-time fraternity and sorority undergraduates. Individual fraternities and sororities may nominate men and women for membership.

Order of Omega at the University of Cincinnati annually recognizes a Greek Man and Woman of the Year, Male and Female Outstanding Achievement Award for a graduating senior, Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Chapter President of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and Professor of the Year.

Phi Rho Chi

Phi Rho Chi is a local honor society for fraternity men that exemplify excellence in recruitment not just for their own fraternity but the whole of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The organization supports men's recruitment programs and initiatives. It recognizes those fraternity men that excel in fraternity leadership, pride, and ambition.

Rho Lambda

Rho Lambda is a national honor society for sorority women. The Greek letters "Rho" (Ρ) and "Lambda" (Λ) stand for "Panhellenic Leadership." The purpose of Rho Lambda is to honor those women within the sorority community who have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and service to their fraternity and sorority community and individual sorority.

The Zeta Iota chapter at the University of Cincinnati was founded in 2000. To date, over 218 chapters have been chartered throughout North America, each sharing the common goal of recognizing sorority women for their outstanding leadership.