Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, was founded at Marquette University in 1915. The Santa Clara University chapter was established in 1942. Alpha Sigma Nu upholds the Jesuit values of academic excellence and service to the University and the community. Juniors and seniors who are in the top 15 percent of their class and have a demonstrated record of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of education are eligible for membership.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN)?
As stated by the national website, “Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. Founded in 1915, Alpha Sigma Nu is unique among honor societies in that it honors students who not only distinguish themselves in their academic pursuits, but also in their loyalty to the values of their Jesuit education, and service to others. Inductees demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to the ideals - intellectual, social, moral, and religious - of Jesuit higher education.”
Q: How am I eligible to join ASN at SCU?
Junior and Senior standing students who rank in the top 15% of their class are nominated by the University administration to be considered for the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Society, which includes members from all majors and fields of study. The President of the institution must approve the list of candidates nominated. Only 4% of each class may be inducted. For more information, please visit the Qualifications & Procedures section of the national Alpha Sigma Nu website.
Q: How will this organization benefit me in the future?
Being inducted in ΑSΝ not only signifies high academic achievement, but equally importantly, your commitment to the values of your Jesuit education and service to others. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus. Additional benefits include:
- Eligibility to apply for ASN scholarships and Seelos Grants to fund attendance at Ignatian justice and leadership conferences
- Enhancing your experience of Jesuit education through closer connections to like-minded peers, alumni, and the Jesuit community
- Opportunities to network with members worldwide via conferences, alumni club events, online Member Directory and the exclusive LinkedIn group
For more information, please visit the full list of Benefits of Membership on the national Alpha Sigma Nu website.
Q: Who reviews my application?
Student officers, assisted by the faculty advisor, will process and discuss the applications.
Q: Do I need to pay an induction fee?
No, the fee is covered by Santa Clara University.
Q: What is the time commitment?
We encourage participation in chapter events, but there is no required commitment for members.
Q: Who do I contact for more information?
For more information, feel free to contact the following email addresses: