Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service.

Our purpose

Mortar Board’s purpose is to:

  • promote equal opportunities among all peoples,
  • emphasize the advancement of the status of women,
  • support the ideals of the college or university,
  • advance a spirit of scholarship,
  • recognize and encourage leadership,
  • provide service,
  • contribute to the self-awareness of its members, and
  • establish the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group.

Strategic Plan

Guiding principles

Mission – Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service, provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. (Adopted July 1994)

Motto – Pi Sigma Alpha, letters that correspond to three Greek words representing the Ideals of Mortar Board: scholarship, service and leadership.

Symbol – A mortarboard, an ancient symbol of honor and distinction, represents the organization. Many early scholars adopted the clerical or monastic robes as a symbol, illustrating their devotion to learning.

Colors – Gold (representing achievement) and silver (symbolizing opportunity).

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B)

Learn how Mortar Board is committed to diversifying our membership, leadership, programming, and creating equal opportunities for all.

We Are Mortar Board

Leading the way for success since 1918

Collegiate chapters
States represented
Years of scholarship, leadership and service

Mortar Board: A Century of Scholars, Chosen for Leadership, United to Serve

Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society has a unique place in the history of higher education and, indeed, in the history of the United States. In preparation for its centennial, volunteers poured over 50,000 photos, memos and files to prepare its first-ever history compilation. The result is a beautifully accurate, sometimes humorous and always enlightening portrayal of college life in the United States over the last 100 years.