A ranking organization which mostly works on identifying those people who are within a particular peer group and have performed better is known as an honor society. There are various disciplines which are okay for students to register exemplary performance, such as in academics and sports. After realizing that there are students who have excelled in the discipline that these organizations focus on, the relevant honor societies they try to persuade the best performers in the disciplines to join and be part of the society. Invitation letters are henceforth drafted to the best performers in a particular discipline informing them more of the activities of the society in regards to the discipline. The invitee, on the other hand, is guaranteed to be placed on the list of honor as one of those people who have immensely contributed to and excelled in the discipline that is being looked into.
Honor society that focuses on the field of academia often select the people to award based on their scholarly performance. For example, the society will look into the results of students in a particular year with regards to a particular subject. The organization may therefore go ahead to invite that student who performed better as compared to the rest to join their society. There are a combination of color codes that are specific to various honor society groups. Likewise, the members of these groups can be identified by the specific types of outfits and robes that they put on thereby enabling them to be associated with the group. A majority of the different special instruments that are supposed to help in identification of members of a given society are not extended to non-members. The honor societies may, however, decide to embark on the selling of its products to people who are not even part of the organization in a bid to raise money that will be used within the organization.
The honor organizations have their presence being felt across all the study levels in beginning from high school, universities and post-graduate academic levels. Among all these levels, most honor societies involve of those groups that were formed at the university level. Membership in the honor societies has some special attachments. As a result of the need for exclusivity, all the avenues that may lead to a person being a member of more than one group is prevented. Provide that a person has been found to be a registered member of a particular group, he or she is therefore not allowed to belong to another group. The the only provision for a person to join another group is by leaving his current group.