Frequently Asked Questions

What are Golden Key’s mission and values?

Mission: To enable members to realize their potential through the advancement of academics, leadership and service.

Values: Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Diversity, Excellence and Engagement

Who are Golden Key members?

Golden Key membership has grown to a network of over 2 million members from more than 190 countries. Members include students from all over the world, faculty members, university staff, university presidents, teachers, doctors, engineers, social workers, entrepreneurs, politicians and military leaders, among others. There are also many prominent figures who are members.

How is Golden Key governed?

Board of Directors – consisting of college and university presidents and vice presidents, higher education leaders, corporate leaders, Golden Key student and alumni members and founding members.International Leadership Council – comprised of a president, vice president, secretary, alumni member and student member, elected by chapter voting delegates.Council of Advisors – with one advisor for each region.Council of Student Members – with one student member for each region.

When and how was Golden Key founded?

Golden Key National Honor Society was founded by a group of undergraduate students and faculty members at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., on November 29, 1977. In 2001, the society changed its name to Golden Key International Honour Society to reflect its diversity and global presence. The spelling of “Honour” was utilized to follow the more globally accepted spelling.Globally, Golden Key now operates in the following countries since

1977 – United States of America

1993 – Australia

1997 – Canada

1998 – Malaysia

1999 – New Zealand

2000 – South Africa

2010 – The Bahamas

2011 – India

What exactly is an honor society, and why haven’t I heard of Golden Key before?

Honor societies have been recognized by universities in the United States for more than two centuries. The primary role of an honor society includes providing academic recognition to high-achieving students, and establishing professional and social contacts for these students within a network of universities. Honor societies also bring together students from diverse faculties and degree programs within each university and reinforce students’ interaction with university staff.Golden Key has grown internationally and now operates at 400 universities and colleges across 8 countries.