I've noticed a recent resurgence in the number of various honors societies on campus, with often nothing besides a GPA requirement. I'm wondering if you all think they're a good idea to put on the various honors and awards sections of applications. Specifically, I'm wondering what your opinions are on:Phi Beta Kappa(Why am I ineligible, missing one quarter of Latin) It's the oldest and most well-known, and therefore it tends to be well-respected. There's a fairly strong set of criteria for a school to eligible and then the school's chapter sets other requirements. Usually about 3-4% of the class can be eligible but then character issues are considered as well. At some large schools you have to display interest. Interesting, if you get in before you final year of school, it is looked at as more prestigious by other PBK people. So put your election date if you do it.Golden Key(Phi Beta Kappa ripoff, like many) Seems to be pretty well-respected by professors and so I'd think it would be by adcomms. Not sure how the requirements work as we didn't have it.Society of Success and Leadership (Sigma Alpha Pi?) - They're a group that seemed to pop up out of nowhere, with several people I know becoming officers in its apparent first year here. I'm somewhat skeptical, as they sent out messages to everyone inviting them to join, supposedly only those with 3.3s and above, though many didn't have this GPA. I agree, seems fishy. I've heard of it and don't think it's looked down upon but it's not as well-respected as the above two.National Dean's List-I was somewhat more proud of this one, as it required a nomination. You should be proud of it. It may not be as well-respected as PBK but it's still a good thing. I'm not sure how many people are eligible each year and how your school gets to be part of it. We didn't participate.Phi Alpha Delta(Pre/law co-ed fraternity) SOOOOO many applicants will be in this. It doesn't hurt but I doubt it helps unless you are a super-leader in it and your chapter does really interesting things as a result.
Don't all of them ask for a fee? Or did ODK and PBK just swindle me?