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"scam honors" national deans list, who's who, etc...

lovelight15lovelight15 37 replies4 threads Junior Member
edited June 2010 in Transfer Students
What do you all think about those letters saying you one this honor, join the society for 75$, or you could buy the book with your listing for 60$ etc...

I'm talking about the National Dean's List, Who's who among HS students, etc. I thought the NDL one was actually impressive and hard to get... until 3 more letters came to my apartment addressed to people who i guess had lived there before me. real exclusive...

I feel stupid now b/c i but the national dean's list one on my application. is this really just a scam honor or is it something to be proud of? Are admissions people going to be put off by it?

What do you guys know about these and other honors/societies? Which ones are legit honors/awards?
edited June 2010
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  • Maize&Blue22Maize&Blue22 700 replies18 threads Member
    scams

    I have bumper stickers from golden key, NCHS, and like 10 more. They see you on the deans list and the send you "acceptances." They just want your $$$$.
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  • bluealien01bluealien01 1802 replies139 threads Senior Member
    Golden Key is real...
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  • otpygotpyg 31 replies0 threads Junior Member
    When you guys say Golden Key are you all talking about Phi Theta Kappa? If so, PTK isn't a scam. Yeah, it cost money to join but on some transfer applications they will ask if you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa. I know Cornell University asked.
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  • Maize&Blue22Maize&Blue22 700 replies18 threads Member
    http://www.ptk.org/ <---Phi Theta Kappa

    www.goldenkey.org <---scam
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  • otpygotpyg 31 replies0 threads Junior Member
    maize&blue22, thanks for answering my question. i was confused because ptk uses the term "golden key."
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  • nahrafsfanahrafsfa 1334 replies37 threads Senior Member
    Yeah i got those letters too....i was like wow...some1 likes me...then i jumped to the end and they ask for your money.....ummmm...no
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  • VA_MikeVA_Mike 81 replies3 threads Junior Member
    i was wondering the same thing about the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)...but after some research, it looks pretty legite to me. Especially the fact that induction of new members is on campus next fall...
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  • wahoo2007wahoo2007 473 replies4 threads Member
    I don't think that the NSCS is legit. It seems pretty much money driven and the standards for entrance are so low 3.4/4.0 that many, many people are invited.
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  • VA_MikeVA_Mike 81 replies3 threads Junior Member
    even if Maya Angelou and the CEO of Phizer are on the board of Honorary Regents? That's what sold me...
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  • Nikki422Nikki422 397 replies7 threads Member
    umm generally speaking, a 3.4 isn't low for a college gpa..
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  • lovelight15lovelight15 37 replies4 threads Junior Member
    i always thought of NSCS and phi beta kappa as being legit, and phi theta kappa if you go to community college.

    phi beta kappa is really good you have to have a 3.8 after 50 hours... i've definitley heard about that one as being really impressive.
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  • Maize&amp;Blue22Maize&amp;Blue22 700 replies18 threads Member
    I don't know. I doubt any of it helps in grad/transfer admissions.

    I just assumed NCSC was a scam because they sent me 4 packets that literally followed the "who's who of HS students" crap I used to get in high school to the letter.
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  • Nikki422Nikki422 397 replies7 threads Member
    phi theta kappa is pretty solid..a lot of schools actually have scholarships for students in ptk that don't require any extra forms, they're just automatic. i believe tulane has one for 10K or something..not too shabby
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  • cool0215cool0215 182 replies125 threads Member
    Are you sure that NCSC is not a scam? Then why would they then request a $75 from the first pont? They would request even more money if you have become a member. Keep in mind that true non-scam organizations NEVER request money.
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  • 2tiredofwaiting2tiredofwaiting 159 replies5 threads Junior Member
    NSCS is what I think you mean to say
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  • lovelight15lovelight15 37 replies4 threads Junior Member
    yea, maybe it is... because I joined it at UGA and was definitley a member and now I'm getting all these things from South Carolina trying to get me to send in another 75$... you'd think it'd be a national thing.
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  • Maize&amp;Blue22Maize&amp;Blue22 700 replies18 threads Member
    Yea, they sent me all sorts of crap. I have a bumper stucker that says "member", some pens that say member, and a whole bunch of packets they sent trying to get me to give my credit card number to pay the "one time fee" of 75 bucks.
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  • cool0215cool0215 182 replies125 threads Member
    Hey, this is out of topic, but I have seen many people use "AKA." What does it mean?
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  • kittykattkittykatt 71 replies1 threads Junior Member
    aka--also known as
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  • bluealien01bluealien01 1802 replies139 threads Senior Member
    Golden Key International Honor Society isn't a scam. They do community service.
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