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Getting into National Honors Society

Variance2004Variance2004 - Posts: 802 Member
edited March 2005 in College Admissions
How hard is it to get into National Honors Society?

What unweighted/weighted gpa do u need?
are there any other requirements??

can a bad grade ruin my chances??
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Replies to: Getting into National Honors Society

  • Variance2004Variance2004 - Posts: 802 Member
    how does the admission ever work??
  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout Registered User Posts: 5,428 Senior Member
    NHS admissions vary from school to school. Some schools are much tougher than others.
  • theblumuffintheblumuffin Registered User Posts: 771 Member
    For my school, which is really easy to get into, you have to have at least a 3.0 UW and show that you are dedicated to the school or community (clubs, sports, volunteering, etc.) It is incredibly easy to get into here.
  • imiracle911imiracle911 Registered User Posts: 3,309 Senior Member
    I would say ask your GC about that since it will be different for each school. ANyways for my school you need at least a UW 3.5 GPA, and some hours of community service. Also you need to write like three short essays. However, it's really easy to get in. Nothing big.
  • gloaminggloaming Registered User Posts: 529 Member
    At my school it is pretty random and meaningless. Being in NHS means nothing except for getting to put it on your college app. And you have to go to a 'induction banquet' or something (not looking foward to that). I think 3.8 GPA is required.
  • poolio10poolio10 Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    3.8 gpa is definitely not required. It's a chapter by chapter basis.

    Let's just say that the bulk of the nhs members at my schools don't have a 3.8.
  • polter93157polter93157 Registered User Posts: 767 Member
    -at least 17 gpa (out of 20; on a 4pt scale it's like a 3.4 weighted) and some sort of after school activity.
    -straight record, no suspensions of any sort
    -good student (e.g. haven't been caught cheating twice)

    in my class of 334, there are over 90 NHS members, pretty much just under a third of your class. not really prestigious, just another title for your resume.
  • Sdma89Sdma89 Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    At my school, you have to meet the gpa cutoff of 3.6 uw, and in addition, you have to be recommended by teachers in order to be considered for it. Once you are considered for it at my school, you have to fill out an application and write an essay. Then, from the application and essay, they choose who should be admitted and who shouldn't.

    Note: This is how it is done at my school. The process of NHS varies from chapter to chapter.
  • scribescribe Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    I have missed the meetings for the past three years and in this forth year, I got an application, but I figured it was useless since college apps were already over. It doesn't seem very important though, the only difficulty I could see about making it in is maintaining a 3.5 uw GPA, and having extra curriculars. It's just a title that says this student has about a 3.5 GPA and she does things for school. Then again you can tell that about a person by just looking at his transcript. You don't exactly need a title.

    Haha, the only thing I regret is that I will not get one of those nifty silver cords that come with NHS for graduation.
  • ucapplicant05ucapplicant05 Registered User Posts: 1,415 Senior Member
    Hmm.. cords? Wow... I don't think my school has cords... =/

    But yeah.. it seems to vary a lot. Some school's NHS does a lot of activities while others don't.
  • Variance2004Variance2004 - Posts: 802 Member
    i only have 3.0 Unweighted GPA..
    do i have a chance for NHS??
  • imiracle911imiracle911 Registered User Posts: 3,309 Senior Member
    I think the chances are slim. But again it's different for each school/chapter. So I would ask your Guidance Counselor or someone at the office for the exact requirements.
  • jmmomjmmom Registered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    fwiw, my S missed being in NHS jr year because he never paid attention to filling out the papers (application). He is in this year as a sr. When he wasn't in last year, I spoke to GC who said it's not a factor in college admissions.

    At our school, it was 93/100 GPA, short app w a couple "essays", list of ec's, community service (S was light on comm. svc but it didn't seem to matter). So, as everyone said, ck w your GC. But don't fret about it.
  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom Registered User Posts: 4,059 Senior Member
    At my kids' school (d is pres of the chapter), you must have a 94 average to get invited; then fill out a membership application which is based upon community service and essays (not everyone gets in at that point). To stay in you must perform a certain amount of service and maintain your grades. It is actually pretty tough...so an accomplishment of which she is proud.
  • polter93157polter93157 Registered User Posts: 767 Member
    scribe wrote:
    one of those nifty silver cords

    haha, good joke. my school even forgot to order the NHS pins for my class :(.

    however we got blue graduation gowns to wear on tapping day. was this sth every chapter does?
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