Association of College Honor Societies


Mortar Board

Scholarship, Leadership and Service

Admitted to ACHS: 1937

Founded by Cornell University, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Swarthmore College on the campus of Syracuse University on February 15, 1918.

No of Active Chapters: 231

No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 16

Total Membership: 431400

Annual/current Membership: 5700

Number of Regions: 25

Publications: The Mortar Board Forum and a variety of electronic newsletters

PURPOSE: To facilitate cooperation among senior honor societies, to contribute to the self-awareness of our members, to promote equal opportunities among all peoples, to emphasize the advancement of the status of women, to support the ideals of the university, to advance a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, to provide service and to establish the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is based on scholarship, leadership and service with an emphasis on participation and giving back to the campus and community. Members must have junior status at their college or university and meet their chapter's grade requirement. Chapters are advised to select members ranked in the top 35 percent of the junior class or who have a 3.0 GPA (whichever is higher on the specified campus). Because of this, the GPA requirement varies slightly between schools. Each student selected to Mortar Board must agree to serve as an active member for at least one school term (semester or quarter, summers not included).

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Chapters represent scholarship, leadership, and service to their campus and hold events representing these ideals such as banquets to honor top professors and students, conferences to encourage and build leadership skills, and campus-wide charity events to benefit local causes. Each chapter is also encouraged to complete projects which contribute to the national Reading is Leading literacy initiative. In addition, chapter members celebrate Mortar Board Week each year the week of February 15 (Mortar Board's founding date) to educate their campus about Mortar Board and its heritage. Chapter members and alumni come together each July at the national conference to welcome new members and share in the traditions of Mortar Board.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Jane A. Hamblin, J.D., CAE, Executive Director, 1200 Chambers Road, Suite 201, Columbus, OH 43212

Tel: (614) 488-4094  Fax: (614) 488-4095

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 2/15/2016