The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) is the professional association of undergraduate honors programs and colleges; honors directors and deans; and honors faculty, staff, and students. NCHC promotes an enhanced undergraduate honors education through curriculum development, teaching innovation, national and international study opportunities, internships, experiential- and service-learning models, and mentored research. The goal of honors education is to cultivate student creativity, self-confidence, leadership, and academic excellence along with a life-long passion for learning. Established in 1966 as a resource network, today NCHC is the leading honors organization in higher education. The 1200 NCHC members represent honors programs and colleges in private and public, two- and four-year institutions, including international universities.
The primary source of revenue for NCHC is membership dues. Your dues support student scholarships, the national office, and other expenses associated with maintaining a national organization.
The National Collegiate Honors Council dues cycle is January 1 - December 31.
All Institutional, Professional, & Affiliate members receive:
- Annual JNCHC (2 volumes), annual Honors in Practice (1 volume), all monographs published during member year (2-3 volumes)
- NCHC's monthly E-letter
- All NCHC mailings
- Voting privileges in NCHC elections
- Opportunity to network with other honors professionals through the NCHC Members Only discussion forum.
- Access to the member mailing list
- Heightened visibility for your institution via a website link to your Honors program.
All Student members receive:
- An NCHC t-shirt
- The current year Honors in Practice
- Voting privileges
- Eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors
NCHC membership types are as follows:
Institutional membership is open to institutions of higher learning as well as to other private and public organizations supportive of honors education. In the instance of an institution with physically separate campus locations, each campus location shall pay institutional member dues if it has its own budgetary responsibility, curricular authority, or admits students to the honors program or honors college on its campus. Each institutional member shall designate a representative who may cast the vote of the institutional member.
Professional membership is open to college and university faculty members, administrators, and professional staff and to others at a Member Institution engaged in professions related to education.
Student membership is open to college and university honors students.
Affiliate membership is open to professional educators retired from their educational positions and to former honors students no longer affiliated with a college or university honors program or honors college.
Sustaining Institutional Membership, Sustaining Professional Membership, Sustaining Affiliate Membership, Lifetime Professional Membership.
Institutional & Professional - $600
Institutional - $500
Professional - $100
Student - $35
Affiliate - $50
Non-Institutional Professional - $350
To join, complete a membership form and submit payment to the NCHC office.
Annual dues for Sustaining Members shall be twice the dues established for their respective membership categories. One-time dues for Lifetime Professional Members shall be ten (10) times the dues for the respective professional membership categories.
Please consult the NCHC office for sustaining membership details.
Lapsed membership: Reinstatement to NCHC membership must be initiated by the former member. Once NCHC receives the request and appropriate dues, the member’s file will be reactivated.