Membership Eligibility

Membership Eligibility: Collegiate

To become a traditional Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) collegiate member, an individual must be an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled full or part-time in a degree granting program, at a college or university with an active chapter of KON. Students in online-only programs within the chapter’s unit(s) are also eligible for membership. Any chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher collegiate eligibility criteria, based on academic requirements.

Undergraduate students must:

  • Have declared a major in one of the human sciences,
  • Have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent, and
  • Rank in the top 30% of their class in the unit or if class rank is unavailable, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.

Graduate students must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program in one of the human sciences,
  • Have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent, and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

To see if your school has a chapter, visit our chapter page. If you meet these requirements and are interested in membership, please contact the primary adviser listed on the chapter page or contact [email protected].

If you meet these requirements and your school doesn’t have an active KON chapter, see our guidelines for chartering a

chapter or consider the virtual chapter (below).

Membership Eligibility: Collegiate (Virtual Chapter)

The intent of the KON virtual chapter is to provide the option of membership to degree-seeking students whose accredited college or university does not have a current active chapter.

If a student has a chapter at their college or university, they must join their local chapter. They may not choose to join the virtual chapter instead.

If at least five students at any one college or university are part of the virtual chapter for a year, efforts will be made to move those students into installing a physical local chapter.

Membership eligibility requirements for the virtual chapter are the same as a traditional in-person chapter. If there is no chapter adviser on their campus, undergraduate students seeking membership with the national office virtual chapter will be held to the minimum GPA requirement as they cannot verify their ranking. If there is a chapter adviser on their campus KON defers to the adviser.

If you are a degree-seeking student wanting to join Kappa Omicron Nu, the prospective member will read the Frequently Asked Questions and send a request in writing to join Kappa Omicron Nu, with an attached official transcript to: [email protected].

Membership Eligibility: Professional

Professionals not initiated at the undergraduate or graduate level may be initiated as a professional if they meet the following criteria:

  • earned one or more degrees in a profession in the human sciences from an accredited college or university
  • earned an undergraduate class rank in the top 30% or a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale as a graduate student.

Professional Membership Application Form

Discrimination Statement:

Kappa Omicron Nu eligibility is determined only by the above academic criteria. We do restrict prospective members to those with exceptional scholarship. Members may also be dismissed from a local chapter for not meeting chapter requirements (some chapters require completing program credit hours or a service project to earn cords or remain active in their chapter).

No prospective member or member may be denied or excluded based on race, color, gender, gender expression, age, religion, sexual orientation or preference, marital status, physical ability, neurodiversity, or any other characteristic aside from scholarship.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against on the grounds listed above, please contact your local chapter adviser. If they do not satisfactorily address the issue, please contact the national office at [email protected].

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