Tau Sigma is an academic honor society designed specifically to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students."


Tau Sigma was incorporated as a non-profit in 1999 with Auburn University being the home of the first chapter. At that time, Auburn University was becoming increasingly aware of the significant number of transfer students on campus as well as the University’s inability to adequately serve them. Tau Sigma was born out of Auburn University’s desire to improve its service to and recruiting and retention of transfer students.

Today, over 100 other universities have established or are currently establishing Tau Sigma chapters in their efforts to improve the services that they provide to their transfer student population. Although Tau Sigma is a relatively young organization, many members in all parts of the country have become active at their universities, participating in such activities as:

  • On-campus recruiting events for prospective transfer students;
  • Transfer student orientation;
  • Community service projects;
  • Assisting the admissions office with the recruitment of prospective transfers at junior colleges;
  • Participating in intramural sports and socials.

These activities have allowed them opportunities to fellowship with one another and make new friends.

The Mission

Tau Sigma is an academic honor society designed specifically to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students."

Tau Sigma at ESU

Tau Sigma National Honor Society, an academic honor society for transfer students, was formally installed on campus in 2013.

Tau Sigma recognizes the academic excellence of transfer students, while encouraging and promoting involvement in the University community, especially in activities that assist other transfer students in making a successful transition.

Students are invited to join this organization after completing one semester (12 semester credit hours or more) at East Stroudsburg University earning at least a 3.5 GPA. Invitations are typically mailed in February. For more information, visit the Tau Sigma National Honor Society website.

Become a Member at ESU!

  • Transfer to ESU from another academic institution with at least one full year’s academic credits satisfied at the prior institution(s).
  • Register in a course of study at ESU that leads to a bachelor’s degree for an amount of work equal to an average full load (Only credit hours that count toward a bachelor’s degree that can be used to determine Tau Sigma eligibility).
  • Earn at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale during the first term at ESU.

Contact Us

The Department of Academic Success provides the diverse student population of ESU with support, opportunities and academic programs to enhance engagement; to support transition to the university; to encourage life-long learning; and to foster academic achievement and degree completion.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Rosenkrans East
(570) 422-3164
(570) 422-3898 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Associate Professor/Department Chair
Kelly L. McKenzie
(570) 422-3741