Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu
Founded June 4, 1915 (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
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 the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. ΑΣΝ is a member 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, Campion College and Regis College in Canada, Loyola Andalucia in Spain, and Sogang University in South Korea. Alpha Sigma Nu's membership is around 80,000 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 1925, a women-only society, Gamma Pi Epsilon, was founded. It had the same purpose as Alpha Sigma Nu, but the two societies remained independent of each other. In 1930, Alpha Sigma Tau became Alpha Sigma Nu. On March 30, 1973, the two, Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon merged.[2][3]


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:[4]

UniversityStateCountryChartering Date
Marquette UniversityWisconsinUnited States1915
Creighton UniversityNebraskaUnited States1921
Saint Louis UniversityMissouriUnited States1923
University of Detroit MercyMichiganUnited States1924
University of San FranciscoCaliforniaUnited States1924
Loyola University New OrleansLouisianaUnited States1936
Spring Hill CollegeAlabamaUnited States1937
Loyola University ChicagoIllinoisUnited States1938
Boston CollegeMassachusettsUnited States1939
Gonzaga UniversityWashingtonUnited States1939
John Carroll UniversityOhioUnited States1939
Loyola Marymount UniversityCaliforniaUnited States1939
Saint Joseph's UniversityPennsylvaniaUnited States1939
Xavier UniversityOhioUnited States1939
College of the Holy CrossMassachusettsUnited States1940
Seattle UniversityWashingtonUnited States1940
Loyola University MarylandMarylandUnited States1942
Santa Clara UniversityCaliforniaUnited States1942
University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaUnited States1943
Georgetown UniversityDistrict of ColumbiaUnited States1950
Le Moyne CollegeNew YorkUnited States1951
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriUnited States1953
Canisius CollegeNew YorkUnited States1955
Wheeling Jesuit UniversityWest VirginiaUnited States1959
Fairfield UniversityConnecticutUnited States1961
Regis UniversityColoradoUnited States1966
Saint Peter's UniversityNew JerseyUnited States1967
Sogang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea1975
Fordham UniversityNew YorkUnited States1982
Regis CollegeOntarioCanada2000
Campion CollegeReginaCanada2005
Loyola University AndalusiaSevilleSpain2015

In addition, Alpha Sigma Nu granted charters in 1993 to both Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California and Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, however the Jesuit School of Theology affiliated with Santa Clara University in 2009 and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology re-affiliated with Boston College in 2008.[5]


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.[6]


The purpose of the Society shall be to honor students of Jesuit institutions of higher education who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service; to honor persons who may or may not be Alumni of Jesuit institutions of higher education who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service in their intellectual, civic, religious, professional or commercial pursuits; to band together and to encourage those so honored to understand, to appreciate and to promote the ideals of Jesuit education; to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Chapters in accredited Jesuit institutions of higher education; and to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Alumni Clubs.

Mission: Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, ΑΣΝ encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.


Scholarship is the most important qualification for membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, as this tenet reflects the primary purpose of higher education. True scholarship, however, runs deeper than a high grade point average or the mastery of information and specialized knowledge. Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes those persons as scholars who possess a depth of comprehension and a breadth of knowledge.


To be loyal to these ideals means developing a full engagement with the real with a deep sense of decency and responsibility to truth and justice. It will always entail personal integrity as well as an abiding effort to advance the good of society and the well-being of all.


St. Ignatius has said that love is shown in deeds, not merely in words, and so service to others is an integral part of the philosophy of Jesuit education and thus of Alpha Sigma Nu. Knowledge should not exist in a vacuum; it should be used to build up and ennoble the world in which we live. This is why a distinguished academic record is not sufficient to warrant admission to Alpha Sigma Nu. There must be a proven dimension of willing and generous service to others.

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