About Us


Honor societies are a rich tradition with a history that spans over 200 years. Order of the Key celebrates the past, present and future of high achievers. As a preeminent leadership society with an exclusive network of distinguished individuals and invaluable resources, we empower initiates to achieve exceptional goals.

By virtue of the organization's private invitation-only membership, Order of the Key limits the addition of new students annually to foster an extremely close-knit community of members. Initiates are selected based on academic standing, leadership potential and involvement in student, volunteer and university organizations. Membership to the society is recognized nationally as an achievement of honorable distinction.

Among its primary benefits, the society provides powerful resources for its members to grow and develop their leadership skills to be applied to their academic and professional lives. Upon completion of Order of the Key's Leadership Program, members receive their official Order of the Key certificate and take their place among the top student leaders on campus and across the nation. Members may list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their résumé.


Order of the Key is a leadership honor society with the following threefold mission:

To recognize individuals who have attained a high standard of leadership in collegiate and community activities and to encourage them to aspire to higher achievements over the course of their lifetime.

To bring together high performing individuals in all phases of collegiate life and create an organization which will help enrich the academic institutions and student communities that house our chapters.

To create an organization focused on the lifelong growth and success of its members, providing academic and professional opportunities, while forming a close-knit community of like-minded, leadership oriented individuals.

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