Why Join?

  1. Gamma Theta Upsilon membership is earned through superior scholarship; it is an honor, and a professional distinction.
  2. Members receive a handsome certificate, suitable for framing.
  3. No further membership dues are paid to the national organization after the initiation fee.
  4. Many members choose to remain active in GTU after graduation, by joining Omega Omega, the Alumni Chapter of GTU.


  1. Most chapters sponsor speakers, campus-wide programs, field trips and social events and participate in service functions.
  2. Members can participate in numerous extra-curricular activities.
  3. Membership provides a network where you can become better acquainted with other geography students and can meet and talk with geography faculty informally.
  4. Members can improve their expertise in the field of geography by learning things not normally dealt with in the classroom.
  5. Members are eligible to apply for Gamma Theta Upsilon scholarships.
  6. Membership in an academic honor society is evidence of your dedication and competency in your career field. Some employers give hiring preference to honor society members.


Persons seeking membership must be initiated through an established chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon. A chapter is also maintained for Alumni after graduation. There are two classes of membership in GTU:

Regular Member: Initiates must have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, have a GPA of at least 3.3 overall and in geography, and shall have completed at least 3 semester of college course work.

Honorary Member: Honorary membership is available only under extraordinary circumstances and upon approval by the Executive Committee for a person whom the committee feels has contributed to a marked advancement in any phase of geography. A chapter may apply directly to the Executive Committee to petition for honorary membership on behalf of an individual. The fees for Honorary membership are paid by the local chapter.


Now accepting applications for Spring 2017 induction. Complete the membership application form at

Application deadline is March 15, 2017.