Alpha Sigma Nu

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Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu logo.png
Founded June 4, 1915; 101 years ago (1915-06-04)
Marquette University
Type Honor society
Emphasis Scholarship, Loyalty, Service
Scope Jesuit Colleges & Universities
Mission statement "Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service."

Αδελφοτης Σχολαστικων Νικηφορων
Adelphotes Scholastikon Nikephoron

Company of Honor Students.
Colors      Maroon      Gold
Symbol The key of the society bears the three Greek letters (ΑΣΝ) together with the eye of wisdom.
Publication ΑΣΝ Newsletters, ΑΣΝ Faculty Advisers Bulletin
Chartered June 4, 1915; 101 years ago (1915-06-04) at Marquette University
Chapters 32
Members ~80,000 lifetime
Headquarters Alpha Sigma Nu
707 N. 11th Street #330
P.O. Box 1881

Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Alpha Sigma Nu (ΑΣΝ) is an honor society which is part of the Association of College Honor Societies. It was founded in 1915 at Marquette University, as Alpha Sigma Tau and was renamed Alpha Sigma Nu in 1930. It is open to both men and women of every academic discipline in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and other Jesuit higher education institutions worldwide. It is present in 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, Spain and South Korea. Alpha Sigma Nu's membership is around 70,000 members and around 2,000 members are inducted each year.[1]


In 1915, the original society, Alpha Sigma Tau was founded by John Danihy, S.J. He was the dean of journalism at Marquette University, in Wisconsin, United States. He sought to emulate the various honor societies present in the country at the time. Furthermore, Catholic higher education institutes found their students being overlooked in other honor societies at the time.[1]

In 1921, the second chapter of the society was founded in Creighton University in Nebraska, United States. In 1924, a women-only society, Gamma Pi Epsilon, was founded. It had the same purpose as Alpha Sigma Nu, and the two societies remained independent of each other. In 1930, Alpha Sigma Tau became Alpha Sigma Nu. In 1973, the two, Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon merged.[2]


As of 2016, the society has 32 chapters: 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States, 2 Colleges in Canada, 1 in South Korea, and 1 in Spain.[2] These chapters were given charters as follows:[3]

In 1979, Alpha Sigma Nu created the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Book Awards. The aim of the awards was to recognize publishing achievement at Jesuit colleges and universities the categories of the humanities, the sciences and professional studies.[4]


The purpose of the Society is to "honor students of Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education, and service to others."[5]


Alpha Sigma Nu honors students who have distinguished themselves in the standards of the society, these standards are scholarship, loyalty, and service:


To be inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu students must have a high standard of scholarship. For example, at the University of Scranton, appointments are made by the president of the university on the recommendation of the moderator and chapter members of the society. Furthermore, no more than four percent of the junior and senior class may be admitted each year.[6]


The standard of loyalty that Alpha Sigma Nu wishes to foster is one that according to the Creighton University means a "deep sense of decency and a responsibility to truth and justice" as well as a "deep commitment to moral convictions and an abiding effort to advance the good of society and the well being of its citizens."[2]


An aim of the Jesuits is to foster a sense of leadership, but in the service of others. This underscores many intellectual and spiritual pursuits at their universities.

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  1. ^ a b "History // Alpha Sigma Nu // Marquette University". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "History | Alpha Sigma Nu | Creighton University". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  3. ^ "List of Member Institutions | Alpha Sigma Nu". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  4. ^ "BC Sociology Prof Wins 2015 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Away from Home Announcements for May". Cape May County Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Abington Journal". May 10, 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 

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