Honors Program

Alpha Sigma Nu

Application Overview and Timeline

Application Process:

Saint Joseph’s University juniors and seniors who have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher are invited by formal invitation to apply in the Summer; these applications must be submitted through the online form (which can be found to the right) by September 9th. After the applications have been evaluated, certain students will be invited to interview in late September and early October with present officers, as well as with SJU Jesuits, faculty, staff, and administrators. Applicants who are studying abroad in the fall are encouraged to apply. Their interview will take place via phone or Skype. A final decision will be made after the interview process has finished, no later than November 11th. Further, the President of Saint Joseph’s University is annually accorded the privilege of nominating from the scholastic eligibility list not more than three additional candidates for membership. The President must approve the list of candidates nominated.
Have a question about the application process? Email us at alphasigmanu@sju.edu.

This year's essay prompt: Please respond in 300 words or less,

At the core of Alpha Sigma Nu is its Jesuit foundation and the values of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Please explain how your desire to be a member of Alpha Sigma Nu correlates to at least one of the Ignatian values embedded in our Saint Joseph’s University education (cura personalis, magis, men and women with and for others, AMDG, etc).  Please feel free to reflect on how you see these Ignatian values in your experiences in the classroom, service experiences or other extracurricular activities. 


Criteria for admission: 

The Alpha Sigma Nu by-laws state in Section 3.1

Qualifications for membership shall be based on scholarship, loyalty and service in the institution or community.

  • Scholarship means a notably above-average interest and proven intellectual competence.
  • Loyalty means a demonstrated commitment to Jesuit ideals of higher education —intellectual, moral, social and religious.
  • Service means a proven concern for others demonstrated by activities in support of the institution or the community.


Timeline for Admission to the Society:


July 23rd Formal invitations to apply sent to Juniors and Seniors with 3.5 GPA

August 28th
September 3rd

Information session held during Free Period (Sunroom 1)
Information session held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Sunroom 1)

September 8th Deadline to submit the online application
September 17th After review, decisions on applicants who will be offered an interview are made
September 24th-October 17th Half-hour interviews are held
By November 21st
Final decisions made, candidates notified.
February 22nd Induction Mass and Ceremony 11am