The National Leadership Honor Society Membership Application

Omicron Delta Kappa was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Through membership in OΔK, you enter the ranks of over 340,000 individuals whose peers recognize them as scholars and leaders.

To be considered for membership, please fill out the following form and submit it. Please note that this form, any national or local fees, and participation in an induction ceremony are all prerequisites for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa.
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This membership application form is only one component of the membership selection process. Please contact your local Circle Officers about deadlines and other possible additional Circle requirements. The national membership fee is $94.00. Individual circles may charge an additional amount or local dues.

Fields with a red asterisk * are required fields.

The information in this application has been selected by the circle to which you are applying. You should consider all items after the Personal Information section as required since the circle has requested those questions be part of their application. Failure to submit any information requested by the circle in the subsequent sections, may lead to denial of the application. Please check with your circle leadership if you have any questions about what is required.

This application may only be completed by the applicant. Any submission of an application on another's behalf with the exception of special recognition requests, will be considered grounds for rejecting the application without review.

Student ID

Initiation Data

* Select the College/University Circle to which you are applying:
College/University Circles with Closed Applications

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* Initiation Class: Sophomore
Graduate Student
Faculty/Staff     -- Check here if you are or will be a circle advisor:  
Honoris Causa
* Anticipated Graduation Date (MM/YYYY)

Personal Data

* Salutation: Mr.
* First/Given Name
Middle Name (complete or initial)
* Last/Family Name
Suffix (Jr., III, etc.)
Maiden or Previous Name: (Please include only if your family name was changed by marriage or a legal name change)

This is how your name will appear on your certificate. You may change or correct this but it may not exceed 25 characters and may not include nicknames.

Verify your full name as it should appear on your certificate:
*   By checking this box, I verify that the name above is the name I approve to appear on my Membership Certificate. Any request for changes after the certificate is printed will be charged to me.
Preferred Name/Nickname: (Example: Tom for Thomas, Liz for Elizabeth)
* Permanent Home Address:
* City:
* State:
* You selected Other for the state. Please enter the name of a non-USA territory, province, or state. (Ex: Quebec):
* Zip:
* Country:
* Permanent Home Phone:
OΔK requires both a school email and a non-school/permanent email to be able to contact members.
* Cell Phone:
* Personal E-mail address:
* School E-mail address:

Demographic Data

The information gathered in this section with the exception of birthdate is gathered for statistical purposes only. This information is only being used to gather data about individuals applying to be initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa and will not be placed in your permanent OΔK record. Completion of any of the demographic data items other than birthdate is not required; however, it is helpful information to inform future discussions about the Society's diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives.

* Birth Date (MM/DD/YYYY):
Do you consider yourself biracial or multiracial? No, Not Biracial or Multiracial
Yes, Biracial
Yes, Multiracial
Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? Yes, Hispanic or Latino
No, Not Hispanic or Latino
What is your racial identity? American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian or Asian American
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
White or Caucasian
Not listed
What is your gender identity? Man
Not listed
What is your sexual orientation? Heterosexual
Not listed

OΔK Legacy Information

Are you an OΔK Legacy?

A legacy is a member of your family inducted into OΔK at any circle, in any year, even if that circle no longer operates. It is important for our organization to note family membership connections.

Do you have a relative who is a member of OΔK? Yes     No
Relative's name including maiden name if applicable:
Name of School Where Your Relative was Initiated:
What year did they graduate? (Approximate year if you are unsure)
Relationship with OΔK relative
Please describe how you are related to the relative (example, mother/father, sibling, etc.):

Academic/Professional Data

2nd Major:
* Cum GPA:
* Grading scale:(3.0 or 4.0)


* Are you employed full-time? Yes     No
* Current Employment Title:
* Current Employer:
* Current Employer Address:
* Current Employer City:
* Current Employer State:
* You selected Other for the state. Please enter the name of a non-USA territory, province, or state. (Ex: Quebec):
* Current Employer Zip:
* Current Employer Country:
* Current Employment/Business Email:
* Current Employment Began (MM/DD/YYYY):

*  Please list colleges and universities attended:

Please list your current institution and any previous colleges or universities where you received degrees. Include the date of the degree (anticipated or received), and degree earned, and the general field of study.

Name of College/University: Graduation (MM/YYYY): Degrees Earned:
(BA, MA, PhD, etc)
(History, Engineering, etc)

Pin Selection

* What type of pin would you prefer?
Laurel Crowned
Key of Membership

OΔK Pillars

* Please select each of the OΔK Pillars in which you are active: Academics
What is your anticipated graduation month/year (MM/YYYY)?
Please list your Activities and Leadership Positions for the Academics and Research Pillar
Please list your Activities and Leadership Positions for the Athletics Pillar
Please list your Activities and Leadership Positions for the Service to Campus and Community Pillar
Please list your Activities and Leadership Positions for the Communications Pillar
Please list your Activities and Leadership Positions for the Creative and Performing Arts Pillar
Please list your Significant Honors and/or Achievements
Describe your most significant leadership experience while attending college/university (250 words max)
What do you hope to achieve through your membership in Omicron Delta Kappa? (250 word max.)
What is your personal leadership philosophy? (250 word max)
What is your T-shirt size (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)?
Please list in detail your college organization memberships, leadership positions held, as well as awards and honors received. Do not include high school activities. Be certain to indicate the years for each item listed (for example, indicate if you were an RA, CA, or member of an organization during the 2021- 2022 academic year and the 2022-2023 academic year).
Please list and describe your Leadership Positions affiliated with on-campus employment/student work program. (limit 250 words)
What is your course schedule this semester? (Please list course numbers/names, professors' names, class meeting days/times, building/room numbers.)
Family & Friend Contact Information. (Please provide the following information for Parent 1, Parent 2, and five on-campus friends; name, phone number, mailing address, and email)
Which of our pillars speak most to you and why? Academics, Athletics, Service, Communications, or Arts. (250 word max.)
What about your personality, skills, beliefs, or characteristics has contributed to your unique leadership style? (250 word max.)
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking and what was the result? (250 word max.)
Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk, or ethical dilemma and its impact on you. (250 word max.)
Please submit your circle essay here.
Describe how you expect to be engaged in our circle's programs.
Add a link to your electronic resume
In which college or school are you enrolled (e.g. Arts and Sciences, Business)?
Are you a full-time student (enrolled in 12 credit hours or more each semester)?
What year and semester did you first enroll as a student at your institution? (Ex: Fall 2023)
Please list a campus faculty or staff member, and their department, who would be willing to serve as a reference for you.
Please describe your leadership activities, including dates (month and year) and levels of involvement (e.g., as a club officer, or as a manager at work). Please be specific about the locations, the number of hours/week, and the nature of your efforts.
Please explain how you strive for lifelong learning. (As part of your response, you may discuss objectives and goals as well as academic awards, honors, or scholarship activities e.g., major academic projects completed).
Please describe your community service activities, including dates (month and year) and levels of involvement (e.g., as an active member of a service-based club in your community, or as an organizer). Please be specific about the locations, the hours/week, and the nature of the work.
In 250 to 300 words, please describe one specific personal experience to explain why leadership, scholarship, and/or service are important to you.
Please describe your leadership and activities in the ODK Pillars you selected above (e.g. Academics, Arts, Athletics, Communications, Service). You do not have to demonstrate leadership in multiple pillars.
Please list in detail your college organization memberships, leadership positions held, as well as awards and honors received. Do not include high school activities. Be certain to indicate the years for each item listed (for example, indicate if you were an student president, resident assistant, orientation leader in either of the previous two academic years, list the year next to the position).
Please include your LinkeIn Public Profile URL
* How did you learn about Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society? (Select all that apply): A member of my family is in ODK
I know friends/other students who are in ODK
A student member of ODK recommended me
A faculty/staff member recommended ODK
I received a general invitation to join from my circle
I received an invitation from the ODK National Headquarters
Campus advertisement (e.g., campus newspaper, poster/flyer, electronic display)
Social media (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Online search (e.g., Google, Bing, Yahoo)
I learned about ODK through my Merit Page connections

Terms and Conditions
I am applying for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa through the circle (chapter) at the institution identified in this application. By submitting this application, I agree to the following terms and conditions.

Academic Records
I authorize the advisors, officers, and members of the specific circle to review and discuss my academic record including my current grades and academic standing, co-curricular and leadership activities, and class standing (sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student, faculty/staff, alumni, or honorary) submitted herein for consideration. I understand that Omicron Delta Kappa requires this authorization because I seek membership in the national organization. I further understand and authorize the advisors of this circle to request proof of my grades and class standing as permitted by the institutional policies where the circle is chartered at the time of this application.

Public Recognition of Membership
I grant to Omicron Delta Kappa, its representatives, and employees the right to publicize information about my initiation and activity in Omicron Delta Kappa as outlined in the Privacy Policy.

OΔK Communications
I agree to receive communications from Omicron Delta Kappa and its duly authorized personnel. These communications will include, but are not limited to, electronic and printed materials. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for details.

I agree that the information provided in this application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of its submission. I understand that a knowingly providing false information may disqualify me from membership in Omicron Delta Kappa.

Contact if you have questions about these terms and conditions.