Association of College Honor Societies


Why join an ACHS-certified honor society?

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Membership in a certified, credible honor society provides prospective employers with instant verification of exemplary performance and achievement, distinguishing members from competing job applicants at a glance. In fact, the US Government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers incoming federal employees a two level pay grade increase for "Superior Academic Achievement" which can be obtained through membership in ACHS-certified honor societies.  More ⇲


ACHS Role & Mission

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), founded in 1925, is the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. ACHS sets standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility for the various categories of membership: general, specialized, leadership, freshman, and two-year honor societies. To assure member participation in governance, honor societies must be structured on a membership basis so that the interests of individual members are advanced.  More ⇲

In the News

How to tell sketchy honor societies from legitimate ones (USA Today)

Honor Society email scam preys on students (The Orion - Chico State)

Honor Society Scam hits Lakeland Emails (The Lakeland Mirror)


Why does ACHS certification matter?

Students, parents, and all campus faculty should beware of predatory organizations that call themselves honor societies without requiring high academic standards for membership. These organizations often charge exorbitant initiation and membership fees. They exist primarily to make a profit, rather than to create opportunities for the students they purport to serve. Some have found ways around privacy laws and invite students via email from a national (non-campus) office, without input from a campus academic advisor to verify that the student would qualify as a high achiever.  More ⇲


Benefits of joining a legitimate honor society

ACHS Partners

The Fund for American Studies The Osgood Center
The PhD Project The Washington Center for
Internships and Academic Seminars
Washington Internship Institute United Planet

  Sponsoring Conference Exhibitors