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Honors Societies

What is an Honor Society?

Honor Societies are organizations that benefit a group of like-minded individuals based on academic excellence and similar interests or abilities. Students can be assured that if an external honor society belongs to the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), it is a legitimate organization that meets the rigorous standards of ACHS—both the business model and the scholastic eligibility criteria. The mission of ACHS is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies that promotes the values of higher education; fosters excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and research; and adheres to the standards of honor society excellence.

What is the benefit of joining?

Joining an Honor Society offers the prestige of having the academic qualifications necessary to become a member. Membership acknowledgement can be added to a resume, strengthening your portfolio. In addition, many honor societies offer scholarships to their members that can help fund your education. Opportunities also include developing networking connections and leadership skill improvement.

Strive for Excellence

Apply to one of these honors societies offered by Davenport University.


Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1924 specifically to honor excellent academic achievement by students in their first year of study in higher education.  The constitution states its purpose as follows:  ”… to encourage superior academic achievement… to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.”



As a way to recognize excellence in academic achievement of DU students in this category, the College of Arts and Sciences sponsors the Phi Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda. This society honors the top 20% of students meeting the qualifications. 


LEX is the national honor society for our Legal Studies program and is founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education.  The purpose of AAfPE is to promote quality, develop educational standards, and encourage professional growth.  Only those students who attain high academic achievement are selected and inducted into this society.  Inductees are recognized through a formal ceremony and presented with a Certificate of Induction and a special pin.


Sigma Beta Delta is the international honor society for students in business, management, and accounting and finance at the baccalaureate and graduate degree level. This honor society was created in 1994 to provide an opportunity for schools of business to recognize students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence in their business studies. 

Upsilon phi delta

The Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is for students who are enrolled in the College of Health Professions Health Services Administration (BS) Program. Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD) was formed to further the professional and competence of it's members who pursue a career in health administration. UPD is administered by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.


Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is an international honor society in the computing and information disciplines.  UPE was organized at Texas A&M University in 1967 as the first honor society for the computer sciences. UPE's mission is to recognize graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and to support programs that will enable students to grow academically and professionally.