Honor Societies

Alpha Chi is a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.  Its name derives from the initial letters of the Greek words ALHQEIA, meaning TRUTH, and XAPAKTHP, meaning character.

As a general honor society, Alpha Chi admits to membership students from all academic disciplines.  Alpha Chi has stood as a respected college honor scholarship society since 1922 and is an active member of the Association of College Honor Societies.  Membership in Alpha Chi, extended by the faculty of the college or university, recognizes previous accomplishment and provides opportunity for continued growth and service.  As a phrase from its constitution suggests, Alpha Chi seeks to find ways to assist students in “making scholarship effective for good.”

Alpha Lambda Delta was founded at the University of Illinois in 1924, specifically to honor excellence in academic achievement by students in their first year of study in higher education.  The constitution states its purpose as follows:”…to encourage superior academic achievement…to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.”  In addition to the initial recognition described, the Society has numerous programs to encourage continued superior classroom performance, such as awards, national workshops, campus activities and fellowships and loans for undergraduate, graduate, and professional study.

Membership is open to all freshmen who meet the following academic qualifications:

  1. A student must be enrolled full-time for a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree.
  2. The minimum scholastic average is a grade of 3.5 or above.
  3. Eligibility is based on either grades of the first full curricular period or on the cumulative average of the first year in college.
  4. Once initiated, the student becomes a life member of Alpha Lambda Delta.

Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria or who utilize developmental and educational support services.  Its purpose is to promote continued high academic standards, foster increased communication among its members, and honor the academic excellence of those students admitted to college via developmental/opportunity program pathways or for those who participate in Student Support Services.  The involvement of eligible alumni further enables networking for members.  Programs sponsored by the society’s chapters encourage other students toward academic accomplishment.

Students who hold a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. for two consecutive full-time semesters, or 3 or 4 consecutive part-time semesters, and who were admitted to the university via developmental or higher education opportunity type programs, as well as students who participate in the Student Support Services, Federal Grant Programs are eligible for membership.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States.  It was founded on February 12, 1909, to work on behalf of African Americans.  Its name, retained in accord with tradition, is one of the last surviving uses of the term “colored people”, now generally viewed as dated and derogatory.  In the historical context of the NAACP, however, the term is not considered offensive,

The Jackson State University Chapter of the NAACP ascribes to the national mission which is to promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law.


Membership open to any student wanting to advance the cause of the organization.

The Young Forward Lookers at Jackson State University is a non-profit organization that is involved in social and civic improvement in Jackson and the surrounding area.  This organization was formed under the laws of the Mississippi State Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Southeastern Regional Association, and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs.

Some of their projects include visiting Oakley Training School in Raymond, MS, the Girls’ Youth Facility in Columbia, MS, the Stewpot Community Services in Jackson, MS, The Forward Lookers Federated Club Winter Luncheon, and various functions and activities at Jackson State University.