Golden Key Facts
Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the society is by invitation only, and is reserved for the top 15 percent of college/university sophomores, juniors, and seniors, second and third year students (depending on your programme), and top performing U.S. graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on the objective criteria of their academic achievements.
Golden Key has chapters at more than three hundred sixty-five colleges and universities in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Golden Key is a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
When and how was Golden Key founded?
Golden Key National Honor Society was founded by a group of undergraduate students and faculty members at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29, 1977.
In 2001, the society modified its name to Golden Key International Honour Society to reflect its diversity and global presence.
The spelling of “Honour” was utilized to observe the more globally accepted spelling.
What exactly is an honor society, and why haven't I heard of Golden Key before?
Honor societies have been recognized by universities in the United States for more than two centuries.
The primary role of an honor society includes providing academic recognition to high-achieving students and establishing professional and social contacts for these students within a network of universities.
Honor societies also bring together students from diverse faculties and degree programs within each university and reinforce students’ interaction with university staff.
Last modified: Dec 8, 2011