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 two campus-wide honor societies, Alpha Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa, are involved in community and college service activities, social activities, and leadership development. They are open to all 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 1926 and is the official honor society of California community colleges. 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. Eligible students are invited to join 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. Eligible students are invited to join in the first semester they become eligible. If they do not take that opportunity but wish to join in later semesters, they may do so by contacting the Honors Program Office.
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.