Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)

Omicron Delta Kappa is the National Leadership Honor Society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ODK® is a mark of highest distinction and honor. Student membership candidates must rank academically in the upper 35 percent of the student body, and must have junior or senior standing.



ODK® recognizes achievements in the 5 following areas:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Athletics
  3. Campus/Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, Student Government
  4. Journalism, Speech and Mass Media
  5. Creative and Performing Arts



Omicron Delta Kappa was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. ODK® was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship.

The ODK® “mark of distinction” is well recognized by leaders in both the academic and business worlds.



The purpose of Omicron Delta Kappa is threefold:

First, to recognize those who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines;

Second, to bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life and thus to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest;

Third, to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution as well as other Omicron Delta Kappa members on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.

Membership Benefits

  • National Level
    • National Summits and Regional Conventions
    • Scholarships and awards towards graduate studies
    • Recognition
  • Local Level
    • Networking with faculty/staff, alumni, and professionals
    • Opportunity to serve on executive board
    • Honor cords and stoles for commencement
    • Recognition


  • Prospective Member Information Session
  • Networking Workshops
  • Peer Mentorship Program
  • Community Service – Adopt-a-Campus, National Day of Service, Breast Cancer Walk

Applying for Membership

  • Minimum requirements:
    • Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student
    • Minimum 3.5 GPA
    • Display leadership in at least 1 of the 5 areas of campus life mentioned above
  • During the second month of each semester, an email will be sent to all eligible applicants
    • If your application is received BEFORE this email is sent it, it WILL NOT be reviewed!
  • Go to and complete the online application
    • Be as specific as possible! Include the following information for each activity included in your application:
      • length of time committed (ie. 2 years)
      • brief description of your role/responsibilities (no more than 3 sentences)
    • Only include leadership positions/activities you were involved in during your time at Towson University
      • Exception: If you are a graduate student or a non-traditional student, include leadership activities within the past 5 years
    • Examples of leadership positions/activities to include in application:
      • Started own business/Entrepreneur
      • Served on a committee (on- or off-campus)
      • Executive board member of an organization (on- or off-campus)
      • Dean's List
      • Awards/ Certificates of Recognition for accomplishments (on- or off-campus)
    • If your role/activity does not seem relevant to leadership, please include it in your application anyway for consideration.

For more information, contact:

ODK Exec Board


Beth Steiner, Assistant Director of Student Activities




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