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Have you received a letter of invitation for a collegiate honor society and wonder if the organization is legitimate or if it is a worthwhile opportunity?
As a member of an honor society, you can benefit in many ways:
But, because dues payments are often required for membership, it is wise to thoughtfully consider your decision to join. You should know what you will receive in return for membership dues. Below are some ways to get started.
To decide if membership in a particular society is right for you, start by visiting the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) online. This independent agency certifies college and university honor societies and sets standards for organizational excellence.
Use their standards guidelines to see how the organization in question measures up.
Organizations on the member societies list with ACHS are guaranteed to meet the ACHS standards guidelines and are academically and fiscally credible. Organizations not on the ACHS list should be carefully scrutinized.
Even if a particular honor society is legitimate, the individual student must still decide whether joining the organization is a good decision for him or her. Some questions to consider:
Visit honor societies' websites to get a better feel for what they are all about. Below are some of the societies that have been active at UC (note that this does not guarantee that they are currently active; be sure to look into this yourself).
If you are still undecided about whether or not to join a particular honor society, call the phone number listed on the invitation letter or on the organization's website. Ask questions until you receive the answers that you need to make an informed decision.
Congratulations on being invited to join an academic honor society!