If you've received an invitation to join Alpha Chi, congratulations! Alpha Chi is one of the nation’s most prestigious and distinctive honor societies. Watch this brief video and read below to learn what membership in Alpha Chi could mean for you!

Why Join Alpha Chi?

Given your grades, you’ve probably received invitations to join several honors organizations. We know you want to select the best, and we believe you've found it. Alpha Chi is an elite organization with only the top ten percent of eligible juniors, seniors, and graduate students being invited to join. Alpha Chi is a nonprofit, ACHS-certified honors organization that offers more than just an accolade for your resume, but an opportunity to engage within a community composed of the top student scholars from around the world in every academic discipline.

Member Benefits 

  • Apply for scholarships. Alpha Chi awards $200,000 annually in a variety of grantsscholarships, fellowships, and prizes to support undergraduate and graduate scholarship.
  • Collaborate across the disciplines. Unlike discipline-specific honorary groups, Alpha Chi is multidisciplinary and encourages you to collaborate with members across majors.
  • Present your work. Alpha Chi gives its members a rare platform to present original research and creative work to a multidisciplinary audience of your peers, both on campus and at our national annual conventions held in popular destination cities.
  • Receive convention travel and housing grants. Alpha Chi offers travel and housing grants through its chapters so that presenters like you can participate in our annual national convention.
  • Be a Leader. From the chapter level to the national level, Alpha Chi gives you opportunity to practice being a leader—lead your campus chapter and practice project planning, public speaking, organizational development, and fundraising.
  • Be as involved as you want. Ongoing time commitments aren't required. Be as involved as you want in chapter activities.
  • Work together in service. Engage in leadership through service on campus and in your local community through our national service initiatives each year and through local events planned by chapter leaders.
  • Find your mentor. Alpha Chi chapter advisors and their colleagues are some of the brightest faculty on your campus—you’ll have special access to them.
  • Get published. Alpha Chi’s online, peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, Aletheia, gives members a chance to publish their scholarly and creative work. Graduate student members may gain valuable experience by serving as first-round peer reviewers.
  • Build your resume. Alpha Chi membership and the different opportunities available to you will stand out on resumes and graduate school applications.
  • Build a scholarly network and make life-long connections. Getting involved with your Alpha Chi chapter is a wonderful way to make connections from induction to graduate school and beyond. The chance to build friendships and collaborate with others who share your intellectual curiosity is cherished by our members.


The Alpha Chi Difference

Every honor society celebrates academic achievement, but at Alpha Chi we’re all about making scholarship effective for good and influencing the world for the better. We’re also all about making college a better experience for our student members. By accepting your invitation, you will be recognized for your academic achievement by an organization dedicated to promoting critical, constructive, inclusive, and respectful conversations about important societal issues and solutions. We believe that the benefits and resources of being an Alpha Chi member will greatly contribute to your search for scholarly authenticity and personal development.

Focus on Scholarship & Character

Our mission is to enrich and broaden your collegiate experience by:

  • Encouraging Student Creativity and Research
  • Fostering Excellence and Service in Action
  • Promoting Personal Growth through Diversity
  • Equipping Compassionate Listeners and Leaders
  • Providing a Path for Academic and Professional Mentoring
  • Exemplifying How to Make Scholarship Effective for Good

Alpha Chi Ideals

  • Tenacity for improved communication skills and a willingness to reflect on our societal impact
  • Respect and reason in discourse that leads to responsible and purposeful action
  • Understanding different world views and truths with empathy
  • Thoughtful and character-driven use of intellectual leadership
  • Humility that encourages each other to growth

Am I eligible for membership?

Alpha Chi membership–which lasts a lifetime–is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students at colleges and universities that have Alpha Chi chapters. We’re an invitation-only society, open to those students whose academic performance and character qualify them for invitation by their institutions’ faculty and administrators.

Put simply, being invited to join Alpha Chi is a tremendous honor. Campuses often celebrate the distinction of Alpha Chi membership at graduation and other academic ceremonies, a distinction members can also claim on their CV and resume throughout their lives.

Alpha Chi is proud to be certified by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Founded in 1925, ACHS is the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. ACHS is a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance.