Congratulations on being invited to join Alpha Chi, one of the nation’s most prestigious and distinctive honor societies. Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is celebrating its centennial anniversary!

Watch our brief video and read below to learn what membership in Alpha Chi could mean for you.

Why Join Alpha Chi?

Given your grades, you’re probably receiving invitations to join lots of honors organizations. Some of those invitations may come from less-than-credible organizations, but Alpha Chi is a nonprofit, ACHS-certified honors organization that offers more than just an accolade for your resume, but an experience, a chance to engage within a scholarly community comprised of the top student scholars in every discipline from around the country.

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 about making college a better experience for our student members. Accept your invitation and be recognized for your academic achievement by an organization dedicated to promoting critical, constructive, inclusive, and respectful conversations about important societal matters. We believe these things will greatly contribute to your search for scholarly authenticity and personal development.

Alpha Chi Values

  • Student Creativity and Research
  • Excellence and Service in Action
  • Personal Growth through Diversity
  • Equipping Compassionate Listeners and Leaders
  • Academic and Professional Mentoring
  • Making Scholarship Effective for Good

Alpha Chi Ideals

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

Benefits Alpha Chi offers smart, curious students like you:

  • Join an elite group. Alpha Chi invites only the top ten percent of eligible juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
  • Build your resume. Alpha Chi membership stands out on resumes and graduate school applications.
  • Present your work. Alpha Chi gives its members a rare platform to present original research and creative work to a critical audience of your peers, both on campus and at our national annual convention.
  • Lead your chapter. From the chapter level to the national level, Alpha Chi gives you opportunity to serve—even as a student representative on our National Council.
  • Apply for scholarships. Alpha Chi awards $250,000 annually in a variety of grants, scholarships, fellowships, and prizes to support undergraduate and graduate scholarship.
  • Cross-pollinate and collaborate. Unlike discipline-specific honorary groups, Alpha Chi is multidisciplinary and lets you collaborate with members across majors.
  • Serve others. Leadership through service is encouraged by our national service initiatives each year and local events planned by chapter leaders.
  • Build a scholarly network. Alpha Chi is a great way to make connections for grad school—and beyond.
  • Be as involved as you want. You’ll make no scary commitments when you become an Alpha Chi member. You can be as involved as you want in chapter activities.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy fellowship and camaraderie. The chance to build friendships and collaborate with others who share your intellectual curiosity is something Alpha Chi members cherish the most.
  • Receive travel and housing grants. Alpha Chi offers members travel and housing grants through their chapters so that students may present their scholarly research at the annual national convention.
  • 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.

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 asked 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.