As part of its commitment to academic excellence, Saddleback College is home to a growing number of prestigious student honor societies. These honor societies are national organizations with local chapters on campus.
The three campus-wide honor societies, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa and Psi Beta are involved in community and college service activities, scholarship fund-raising, social activities, and leader-ship development. They are open to day and evening students, whether part-time or full-time.
Within each society, scholarships are available either from the local chapter, the parent society, or four-year colleges and universities that reserve scholarship monies for society members. Membership is noted on Saddleback transcripts.
Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), the California community college honor society, was established in 1922 as an extension of the California Scholarship Federation. It has had a strong presence on the Saddleback campus for many years. Students who have completed 12 semester units and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 may apply to join Saddleback’s Sigma Epsilon chapter. In order to maintain membership, students must apply and pay dues each semester.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society, was established in 1918 and now has over 1200 chapters. Chartered in December 1996, Saddleback’s Beta Epsilon Beta chapter was the largest at induction in the society’s history. Students with a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA and at least 12 units are invited to join. Phi Theta Kappa is a lifetime membership so long as the member’s GPA does not fall below 3.25; dues are paid only once. In 2020, the Saddleback Chapter of PTK achieved being a 5 star chapter.
Founded in 1982, Psi Beta is a national honor society for students attending two-year colleges, inviting students who plan to major or minor in psychology, as well as students who simply have an interest in psychology. Members is open to students who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 and have completed a college-level psychology course with a grade of B or higher.
For further information about these honor societies, contact the Saddleback Honors Program at (949) 582-4853 or visit www.saddleback.edu/honors/honor-societies.
Students should note the difference between these honor societies and the Saddleback Honors Program. The Honors Program provides advanced coursework and transfer opportunities to qualified students. For information about the Honors Program, see the Honors Program page in this catalog.