Honor Societies at Averett University

Students at Averett who maintain high academic performance in their discipline may qualify for membership in various honor societies. Listed below are a few of the honor societies currently represented on our campus.

Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi is a national coeducational academic honor society whose purpose is to produce academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those achieving such distinction. The Virginia Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi was established at Averett in the spring of 1973. The chapter seeks to stimulate a spirit of sound scholarship and devotion to truth in an atmosphere free of intellectual narrowness and personal discrimination.  The faculty elects to membership junior and senior undergraduates and graduate candidates of good character who have completed at least 30 semester hours of academic work at Averett University and are in the top 10 percent of their class.

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international honor society based on superior academic achievement in sociology.  The Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta at Averett was established in 1993. The purpose of the society is to promote an interest in the study of sociology, in research of social problems and in other intellectual activities that will lead to improvement of the human condition. A membership invitation may be extended to a Sociology Major, Sociology/Criminal Justice Major or Sociology Minor who is at least a Junior, has taken at least four Sociology courses at Averett, has an Overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, and has a Sociology GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega is a national theatre honor society. The purpose of this honor society is to provide acknowledgement to those demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and to provide a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre. Membership is granted to advanced students in speech and dramatics.

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta is an honor society for students who have superior academic achievement in biology.  The society aims to cultivate a keen interest in the natural sciences, to stimulate an appreciation for biological research, and to promote scholarship.  The Kappa Theta Chapter at Averett was established in 1976.  A membership invitation may be extended to a student who is a Biology and/or Chemistry Major, has completed a minimum of 12 hours in biology and/or chemistry courses above the 100-level, and has an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Chi Alpha Sigma

Chi Alpha Sigma is a national college athlete honor society. The purpose of this honor society is to recognize outstanding college student-athletes from NCAA and NAIA member institutions for their successes both on the field of competition and in the classroom. The Averett University Athletics Chi Alpha Sigma Chapter was established in 2015. The advisor elects to membership junior or senior NCAA student-athletes who are successful on the field of competition and have a 3.4 or higher overall GPA.

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society for students involved in the field of education. Kappa Delta Pi was founded to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. It is designed to recognize accomplishments and provide professional growth for its members.  The Alpha Zeta Alpha Chapter at Averett was established in 2012.  Selection for membership is based on outstanding performance both in and out of the classroom for students who have completed a minimum of six hours in education at Averett  and who plan to continue their studies in the field of education.

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society for students of business, administration or management.  The purpose of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment of students in business, management, or administration, and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. The Averett University Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta was established in 2008. The faculty officers of the chapter extend invitations to juniors, seniors, or graduate students who are in the top 20% of their class.

Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is a national honor society for Theology and Religious Studies. Its purpose is to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence in the study of Religion. The Alpha Nu Theta Chapter at Averett was established in September, 2017. Membership is open to undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in Religion, who have taken at least 12 hours in their Religion program at Averett, who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who have earned a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in their Religion program.