Honor societies offer recognition of achievement, and in many cases, an opportunity for involvement at the university.
Phi Beta Kappa
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an academic honor society that celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Membership in the Ohio State University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (Epsilon of Ohio) is an honor accorded to students who have performed with excellence while completing a program of exceptional strength and breadth. Qualified juniors and seniors are elected to Phi Beta Kappa by a committee made up of Ohio State faculty, and those accepting membership are honored during the annual initiation ceremony in the spring.
Phi Kappa Phi
The Ohio State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi invites eligible juniors, seniors, graduate students, and faculty to membership during the spring of each year and honors those who accept membership during its annual initiation ceremony, to be held during the autumn. The chapter uses its share of initiation fees to offer various undergraduate and graduate scholarships.
The Association of Ohio State Class Honoraries (AOSCH) is the umbrella organization for the class honoraries at The Ohio State University. The class honoraries include Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (for freshmen), Mirrors and Romophos (for sophomores), Bucket and Dipper and Chimes (for juniors), and Mortar Board and Sphinx (for seniors). While membership in the freshman honoraries is by invitation, the sophomore, junior, and senior honoraries all require an application. The application cycle typically begins in January.