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Alpha Sigma Nu (ΑΣΝ) is the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. ΑΣΝ is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It was founded in 1915 at Marquette University, as Alpha Sigma Tau and was renamed Alpha Sigma Nu in 1930. It is open to both men and women of every academic discipline in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and other Jesuit higher education institutions worldwide. It is present in 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, Campion College and Regis College in Canada, Loyola Andalucia in Spain, and Sogang University in South Korea. Alpha Sigma Nu's membership is around 80,000 members and around 2,000 members are inducted each year.[1]

Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu logo.png
FoundedJune 4, 1915; 104 years ago (1915-06-04)
Marquette University
TypeHonor society
EmphasisScholarship, Loyalty, Service
ScopeJesuit Colleges & Universities
Mission statement"Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service."
MottoΑδελφοτης Σχολαστικων Νικηφορων
Adelphotes Scholastikon Nikephoron
Company of Honor Students.
Colors     Maroon      Gold
SymbolThe key of the society bears the three Greek letters (ΑΣΝ) together with the eye of wisdom.
PublicationΑΣΝ Newsletters, ΑΣΝ Faculty Advisers Bulletin
Members~80,000 lifetime
HeadquartersAlpha Sigma Nu
707 N. 11th Street #330
P.O. Box 1881

Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881



In 1915, the original society, Alpha Sigma Tau was founded by John Danihy, S.J. He was the dean of journalism at Marquette University, in Wisconsin, United States. He sought to emulate the various honor societies present in the country at the time. Furthermore, Catholic higher education institutes found their students being overlooked in other honor societies at the time.[1]

In 1921, the second chapter of the society was founded in Creighton University in Nebraska, United States. In 1925, a women-only society, Gamma Pi Epsilon, was founded. It had the same purpose as Alpha Sigma Nu, but the two societies remained independent of each other. In 1930, Alpha Sigma Tau became Alpha Sigma Nu. On March 30, 1973, the two, Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon merged.[2][3]


As of 2016, the society has 32 chapters: 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States, 2 Colleges in Canada, 1 in South Korea, and 1 in Spain.[2] These chapters were given charters as follows:[4]

University State Country Chartering Date
Marquette University Wisconsin United States 1915
Creighton University Nebraska United States 1921
Saint Louis University Missouri United States 1923
University of Detroit Mercy Michigan United States 1924
University of San Francisco California United States 1924
Loyola University New Orleans Louisiana United States 1936
Spring Hill College Alabama United States 1937
Loyola University Chicago Illinois United States 1938
Boston College Massachusetts United States 1939
Gonzaga University Washington United States 1939
John Carroll University Ohio United States 1939
Loyola Marymount University California United States 1939
Saint Joseph's University Pennsylvania United States 1939
Xavier University Ohio United States 1939
College of the Holy Cross Massachusetts United States 1940
Seattle University Washington United States 1940
Loyola University Maryland Maryland United States 1942
Santa Clara University California United States 1942
University of Scranton Pennsylvania United States 1943
Georgetown University District of Columbia United States 1950
Le Moyne College New York United States 1951
Rockhurst University Missouri United States 1953
Canisius College New York United States 1955
Wheeling Jesuit University West Virginia United States 1959
Fairfield University Connecticut United States 1961
Regis University Colorado United States 1966
Saint Peter's University New Jersey United States 1967
Sogang University Seoul South Korea 1975
Fordham University New York United States 1982
Regis College Ontario Canada 2000
Campion College Regina Canada 2005
Loyola University Andalusia Seville Spain 2015

In addition, Alpha Sigma Nu granted charters in 1993 to both Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California and Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, however the Jesuit School of Theology affiliated with Santa Clara University in 2009 and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology re-affiliated with Boston College in 2008.[5]


In 1979, Alpha Sigma Nu created the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Book Awards. The aim of the awards was to recognize publishing achievement at Jesuit colleges and universities the categories of the humanities, the sciences and professional studies.[6]


The purpose of the Society shall be to honor students of Jesuit institutions of higher education who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service; to honor persons who may or may not be Alumni of Jesuit institutions of higher education who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service in their intellectual, civic, religious, professional or commercial pursuits; to band together and to encourage those so honored to understand, to appreciate and to promote the ideals of Jesuit education; to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Chapters in accredited Jesuit institutions of higher education; and to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Alumni Clubs.

Mission: Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, ΑΣΝ encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.


Scholarship is the most important qualification for membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, as this tenet reflects the primary purpose of higher education. True scholarship, however, runs deeper than a high grade point average or the mastery of information and specialized knowledge. Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes those persons as scholars who possess a depth of comprehension and a breadth of knowledge.


To be loyal to these ideals means developing a full engagement with the real with a deep sense of decency and responsibility to truth and justice. It will always entail personal integrity as well as an abiding effort to advance the good of society and the well-being of all.


St. Ignatius has said that love is shown in deeds, not merely in words, and so service to others is an integral part of the philosophy of Jesuit education and thus of Alpha Sigma Nu. Knowledge should not exist in a vacuum; it should be used to build up and ennoble the world in which we live. This is why a distinguished academic record is not sufficient to warrant admission to Alpha Sigma Nu. There must be a proven dimension of willing and generous service to others.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "History // Alpha Sigma Nu // Marquette University". Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  2. ^ a b "History | Alpha Sigma Nu | Creighton University". Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  3. ^ "Finding Aid for the Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon Records".
  4. ^ "List of Member Institutions | Alpha Sigma Nu". Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  5. ^ ASN Info Brochure 2014
  6. ^ "BC Sociology Prof Wins 2015 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award". Retrieved 2016-06-01.

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