Frequently Asked Questions About the Honoraries

Q: What is a class honorary?

A: The class honoraries strive to induct students who excel in service, scholarship and leadership and provide to them an opportunity to get involved on campus, in the Columbus community, make friends and have a great time. It is a great honor to be inducted into one of the groups, and requires a one year commitment. It is not just a resume builder – each group sponsors activities for themselves and for the community that encourage participation. But, it’s all fun!

Q: What is the difference between the two honoraries for each class ranking?

A: Originally, one honorary was male and one female, but every honorary is now co-ed. The differences now lie in their traditions, service projects, and social activities. Each group has aspects that are unique to them, and those should be considered when deciding which to apply to. Visit the honorary description page and each group’s website to learn about each honorary.

Q: What are the requirements to join an honorary?

A: Selections are based on an application process. The sophomore, junior and senior honoraries require a 3.0 GPA, and students are selected based on the strength of the rest of the application and the merits of the applicant.

Q: How do I apply for an honorary?

A: The freshman honorary, ALD-PES, invites first year students to join if they achieve a 3.5 GPA during one of their first two semesters at Ohio State. No applications are necessary – you will be contacted.

Q: If I’m a freshman, why do I apply to a sophomore honorary?

A: You apply for an honorary the winter before so you spend the upcoming year with the group. Inductions will take place the end of spring semester, then you will begin your term. Your term ends when the next class is then inducted.
*This applies for sophomore, junior and senior honoraries.

Q: I’m a first year student, but a rank 2. Should I apply for a sophomore or junior honorary?

A: This is really your choice. If you are still planning on graduating in 4 years, then we suggest applying for a sophomore honorary. If you are graduating early, then you might want to apply to a junior honorary. But keep in mind that you will be compared with applicants with another year of experiences at Ohio State.

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