Phi Beta Kappa，第一个荣誉社团，成立于1776年。从那时起，已经建立了数十个 – 如果不是数百个 – 其他学院荣誉学会，涵盖所有学术领域，以及特定领域，如自然科学，英语，工程，商业和政治科学。然而，由于有这么多组织，学生可能无法区分合法和欺诈性的大学荣誉社团。根据国家技术荣誉协会（NTHS）执行董事兼联合创始人C. Allen Powell的说法，“学生应该知道该组织是否是一个注册的，非盈利的教育组织。”他告诉ThoughtCo这个信息应该在社会网站上突出显示。鲍威尔警告说：“营利性荣誉社会通常应该避免，并倾向于承诺提供比他们提供更多的服务和福利。”根据高等教育标准促进委员会（CAS）的说法，“荣誉社会的存在主要是为了获得高质量的奖学金。”此外，CAS还指出“一些社会认识到领导素质的发展和除了强大的奖学金记录外，还致力于提供服务和卓越的研究。“还应评估组织的结构。鲍威尔说学生应该确定，“这是一个学校/大学分会组织吗？学校是否应该建议候选人成为会员，或者他们是否可以直接加入而没有学校文件？“高学业成绩通常是另一项要求。例如，Phi Kappa Phi的资格要求大三学生在同班中排名前7.5％，老年人和研究生必须在班级中排名前10％。国家技术荣誉学会的成员可能在高中，技术学院或大学;但是，所有学生都需要4.0分的GPA至少3.0。评估荣誉社会合法性的一种方法是查看其历史。 “合法的荣誉社会有着悠久的历史和遗产，很容易识别，”Phi Kappa Phi的传播总监Hannah Breaux说。荣誉社团于1897年在缅因大学成立.Breaux告诉ThoughtCo，“今天，我们在美国和菲律宾有超过300个校区的分会，自成立以来已经启动了超过150万名成员。”Loflin警告说有些组织不是真正的荣誉社团。 “其中一些学生组织伪装成荣誉社团，意味着他们使用’荣誉社会’作为钩子，但他们是营利性公司，没有符合ACHS认证荣誉协会指南的学术标准或标准。”鲍威尔也认为提出参考是个好主意。 “应在该组织的网站上找到成员学校和学院名单 – 访问这些成员学校网站并获取参考资料。”教师也可以提供指导。 “对荣誉社会合法性感到担忧的学生也应该考虑与校园里的顾问或教师交谈，”布里奥斯建议道。 “教师和教职员工可以作为帮助学生确定特定荣誉社会的邀请是否可信的重要资源。”认证状态是评估荣誉社会的另一种方式。史蒂夫洛夫林，大学荣誉学会协会（ACHS）的前任主席，以及国家大学学者协会的首席执行官和创始人，告诉思科，“大多数机构都认为ACHS认证是了解社会荣誉高标准的最佳途径。 “对于考虑邀请的学生，Loflin说，”认识到非认证团体可能对他们的商业实践不透明，无法提供认证荣誉学会会员的声望，传统和价值。“ACHS提供了一份学生清单可以用来评估非认证荣誉社会的合法性。
Phi Beta Kappa, the first honor society, was established in 1776. Since then, dozens – if not hundreds – of other college honor societies have been established, covering all academic fields, and also specific fields, such as the natural sciences, English, engineering, business, and political science. However, with so many organizations, students might not be able to distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent college honor societies. According to C. Allen Powell, executive director and co-founder of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), “Students should find out if the organization is a registered, non-profit, educational organization or not.” He tells ThoughtCo this information should be prominently displayed on the society’s website. “For-profit honor societies should usually be avoided and tend to promise more services and benefits than they deliver,” Powell warns. According to the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), “honor societies exist primarily to recognize the attainment of scholarship of a superior quality.” In addition, the CAS notes “a few societies recognize the development of leadership qualities and commitment to service and excellence in research in addition to a strong scholarship record.” The organization’s structure should also be evaluated. Powell says students should determine, “Is it a school/college chapter-based organization or not? Must a candidate be recommended by the school for membership, or can they join directly without school documentation?” High academic achievement is usually another requirement. For example, eligibility for Phi Kappa Phi requires juniors to be ranked in the top 7.5% of their class, and seniors and graduate students must be ranked in the top 10% of their class. The members of the National Technical Honor Society may be in high school, tech college, or college; however, all students need to have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. One way to evaluate the legitimacy of an honor society is to look at its history. “Legitimate honor societies have a long history and legacy that is easily recognizable,” according to Hannah Breaux, who is the communications director for Phi Kappa Phi. The honor society was founded at the University of Maine in 1897. Breaux tells ThoughtCo, “Today, we have chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines, and have initiated over 1.5 million members since our founding.” Loflin warns that some organizations aren’t true honor societies. “Some of these student organizations are masquerading as honor societies, meaning they use ‘honor society’ as a hook, but they are for-profit companies and do not have academic criteria or standards that would meet the ACHS guidelines for certified honor societies.” Powell also thinks it is a good idea to ask for references. “A list of member schools and colleges should be found on the organization’s website – go to those member school web sites and get references.” Faculty members can also provide guidance. “Students who have concerns about the legitimacy of an honor society should also consider talking to an advisor or faculty member on campus,” Breaux suggests. “Faculty and staff can serve as a great resource in helping a student determine whether or not a particular honor society’s invitation is credible or not.” Certification status is another way to evaluate an honor society. Steve Loflin, past president of the Association of College Honor Societies(ACHS), and CEO & founder of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, tells ThoughtCo, “Most institutions value ACHS certification as the best way to know the honor society meets high standards.” For students considering an invitation, Loflin says, “Recognize that non-certified groups are potentially not transparent about their business practices and can’t deliver the prestige, tradition and value of certified honor society membership.” The ACHS provides a checklist that students can use to evaluate the legitimacy of a non-certified honor society.