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Omicron Delta Epsilon

About ODE

Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies, created to recognize students for their scholastic achievements. Currently, Omicron Delta Epsilon has 578 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt and France.

History of ODE

Omicron Delta Epsilon was created in 1963 through the merger of two honor societies, Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon. At the time of their merger, both societies had 28 chapters. Omicron Delta Gamma’s chapters were primarily in the Midwestern and Pacific states while the chapters of Omicron Chi Epsilon were concentrated at colleges and universities along the Eastern Seaboard and in Texas. Omicron Delta Gamma (The Order of Artus) was founded in 1915 by John R. Commons, University of Wisconsin, and Frank Taussig, Harvard University, through the union of the economics societies of their universities. The intent of the society was to encourage a closer academic and social relationship between honor students and faculty on an informal basis, facilitating the exchange of information and views. Omicron Chi Epsilon was the younger of the two organizations but of equal chapter strength at the time of the merger, having been founded in 1955 by Alan A. Brown while he was a student at City College of New York. From its inception, the Society sought to provide means not only to confer suitable honors on the more promising students, but also to encourage scholarship by organized meetings and conferences and through the publication of its official journal.


The minimum requirements for admission to ODE are (a) completion of 12 semester hours of economics courses and (b) a minimum “B” average in economics courses as well as an overall “B” average in all classes.

Students do not have to be economics majors, but must have a genuine interest in economics in addition to meeting the above requirements. The minimum requirements may be raised by local chapters.

A life-membership fee is paid by each prospective member of Omicron Delta Epsilon upon election to the Society. In return, the member receives a membership card, scroll and a year’s subscription (two issues) to The American Economist.

No one shall be denied membership because of sex, race, color, creed or national origin.

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