Honor Societies


Alpha Epsilon Delta

This national honor society recognizes students who have achieved academic distinction while pursuing a premedical or predental program.

Phi Beta Kappa

The Emory College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma of Georgia, was founded in 1929. Election to it is based on scholarship, breadth of culture, and general promise.

Mortar Board

Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.

Phi Eta Sigma

The Emory College chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for first-year students, acknowledges outstanding scholastic achievement.

Sigma XI

The Emory chapter of Sigma XI encourages original investigation in the pure and applied sciences. The chapter consists of members and associate members, including students, faculty, and staff. Although full membership is based on achievement in original investigation, undergraduate students may be elected to associate membership. Activities include meetings for the discussion of scientific subjects; financial support, through grants-in-aid, of investigations; publication of research; and maintenance of national lectureships.

Who's Who

Who's Who honors college and university students who have made significant contributions to their schools. Selection is based on leadership, service, and scholarship.


Outstanding achievement within particular departments and programs is recognized by election to the following societies. Students should contact the department for more information:

  • Anthropology: Lambda Alpha
  • Biology: Phi Sigma
  • Classics: Eta Sigma Phi
  • Economics: Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • German: Delta Phi Alpha
  • History: Phi Alpha Theta
  • Modern Languages: Phi Sigma Iota
  • Music: Mu Phi Epsilon
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology: Nu Rho Psi
  • Physics: Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Philosophy: Phi Sigma Tau
  • Political Science: Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Psychology: Psi Chi
  • Religion: Theta Alpha Kappa
  • Russian Studies: Dobro Slovo
  • Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta
  • Theater: Alpha Psi Omega

Other Emory Societies


A society of five seniors who maintain anonymity while promoting loyalty, wisdom, integrity, tradition, and vision in the life of the Emory community.

DVS, the Senior Society

This honorary society recognizes seven senior students each year for high service rendered to the University without expectation of reward. The society is rich in tradition, having been formed at Emory College in 1902.

Omicron Delta Kappa

ODK recognizes student, faculty, staff, and alumni leadership. Membership is based on character, scholarship, participation in student activities, and service to the University. Members, both men and women, are selected from throughout the University and the Association of Emory Alumni.

Paladin Society

Founded in 1998, the society fosters school spirit and community at Emory.