Answer: We hope to one day be able to serve colleges and universities with smaller transfer populations. However, at this time, Tau Sigma chapters have had the most success at schools with incoming transfer populations of approximately 400 or more.
Answer: There are no costs to the university. National will conduct an online membership invitation and local dues are used to support the chapter’s activities.
Answer: It is best to send out invitations after every term. It is most beneficial for students to become members as soon as they are eligible. That enables them to connect with the chapter more quickly. Also, the response rate is not strong when invitations are sent well beyond when the student is first eligible. Unless the chapter has a sizable number of new members, we recommend that they hold only one induction ceremony each year, typically in the spring. Any members who joined in the fall term are eligible to participate immediately. However, they wouldn't be inducted until the spring.
Answer: The membership criteria are: 1) the student must have transferred in with at least one year's worth of academic credits (this is to distinguish the transfer student from other students who might have taken one or two classes during the summer to get ahead or caught up), 2) the student must have completed, at your institution, the number of hours representing one full term (typically 12 semester hours), and 3) the student achieved EITHER a 3.5 OR were in the top 20% of ALL incoming transfers during the term in which they transfer or when they complete courses equivalent to a full term (typically 12 semester hours).
Answer: No. While we hope that the members will continue to strive for academic excellence, the member has a lifetime membership that is based only on their first term GPA or standing among the incoming transfers.
Answer: Unfortunately, no. With as many chapters and members as we deal with each year, we are currently not equipped to handle membership additions throughout the year for each chapter.
Answer: Lifetime membership dues typically range from $50 to $65, depending upon the local dues amount. National dues are set at $40 with the remaining portion going to support your local chapter.
Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT. We will not use their mailing address and/or email for ANY purpose beyond contacting them about their membership. In addition, we will not sell, lend, or give this information to ANY other party for ANY other use.