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Mortar Board

West Virginia University Mortar Board is one of 229 collegiate chapters across the country. There are over 250,000 members nationally. Mortar Board was founded in 1918 when four women’s honor societies from Cornell University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Swarthmore College jointed together and created the national organization.

Membership opened to men in 1975 in response to Title IX, which prohibited gender discrimination within organizations on campuses that received federal funds.

Mortar Board provides its members with opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

The Laurel chapter at West Virginia University was chartered in 1924. During the 2015-2016 academic year the Laurel Chapter received the Silver Torch award from the National Office.

For more information on Mortar Board, please visit the national website:

Membership Information

Minimum Requirements for Mortar Board:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 89 or more credit hours by the end of Spring 2022
  • Graduation date no earlier than December 2022

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. See the Mortar Board’s guide for members .

Applications are due on Friday, April 1, 2022 by 11:59 pm.

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