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Chimes Junior Honor Society for women was founded in 1918 at Ohio State University. In 1948, when Chimes became a national organization, the WVU women’s honorary Rhododendron became affiliated with the national organization of Chimes. Although the national organization later disbanded, some chapters (including WVU’s) decided to retain the name and symbols of Chimes. Chimes opened to male membership in 1977.

“Members give their service and leadership to the advancement of university interests, welfare, and unity. They stimulate scholarship and sponsor cultural trips and discussions with guest speakers.” (From the 1967 Monticola)

Membership Information

Minimum Requirements for Chimes:

  • 3.3 Cumulative GPA
  • 59-88 hours by the end of the Spring semester when you apply

Please Note: Only college credit earned after graduation from high school will be considered in calculating these hours; transfer credit earned after high school will also count. In addition, applications must show strong performance in academics, campus activities, leadership, community service, and contributions to your field of study.

Applications are due on Friday, April 1, 2022 at midnight. If you have any questions regarding the Chimes Applications, please contact us at with the subject line: “Application Question.”

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