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Tau Sigma Transfer Student Honor Society


What is Tau Sigma?

Tau Sigma is a national honor society designed exclusively for transfer students!  Upon completing your first semester at Buffalo State, transfer students are eligible to be considered for enrollment.  

Their mission is to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfers students."  Tau Sigma provides its members opportunities to earn national scholarships, attend national leadership conferences, take leadership positions at their college, and serve others in their college and local communities. Engaged students will have the opportunity to achieve all of the above, all while developing friendships and becoming a more integral part of the college to which they transferred!

Tau Sigma at Buffalo State College:

Chapter: Zeta Zeta

Nationally Recognized since: 2015

National Colors: Burgundy & Gold

Greek Letters: TS (emblematic of transition and scholarship)

Current # of active members: 62 


2022-2023 Zeta Zeta Chapter Executive Board


President: Mary Wright

*V. President: Vacant

Social Media/ Communications Chair: Victoria Steinke

New Membership Chair: Lauren Young

*Treasurer: Vacant

Events Chair: Elizabeth Urmson

*Active chapter members encouraged to apply to e-board vacancies or attend general body meetings to get involved with the chapter.


Follow the Zeta Zeta Chapter on IG @bsc_tausigma

The History of Tau Sigma

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 transfers 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 175 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, and participating in intramural sports and socials that allow them opportunities to fellowship with one another and make new friends.


Tau Sigma Mission

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


Benefits of joining Tau Sigma

  • Exclusive scholarship opportunities- Tau Sigma awards scholarships to members nationwide every academic year. During the 2020- 2021 academic year alone, Tau Sigma awarded student members with $100,000 in scholarships . Recipients will not only receive a monetary award, but their name will be listed on the national website.
  • National Networking Opportunities- Tau sigma hosts a national conference annually. Students involved in their local chapters have the opportunity to attend the annual national conference and meet other Transfer Student Leaders from across the United States.
  • Local Leadership Opportunities- Students who participate in their local chapter have an opportunity to serve as an exemplary leader on their College campus and enhance the supports and opportunities available to other Transfer students. These skills are great resume builders and help students to develop invaluable soft and hard skills that will aid them in their professional future.
  • Strong Social Connections- Your Tau Sigma journey is yours for life. Not only do you develop leadership skills, but you have the opportunity to be a part of a tight knit local and national community.


How do students become eligible?

At the end of every semester, the Tau Sigma Advisor reviews the academic records of all new Transfer Students. Eligible Transfer Students will receive an invitation to advance toward membership. Students who are invited into the organization for membership have ONE OPPORTUNNITY to accept membership when offered.

Upon completing your first 12 credits at Buffalo State College, Transfer students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better will be offered an invitation for membership.



Lifetime membership dues are $50. National dues are set at $40 with the remaining portion going to support your local chapter and the cost of the membership mailing.

Your one-time fee includes your certificate of induction, induction pin, and a Tau Sigma decal. Additional merchandise such as graduation stolls, cords, t-shits, and caps, are available on the national website for purchase.


To learn more about Tau Sigma, visit the national website


Questions: Contact the professional staff co-advisors Caitlin Bauer or Shawnte Wilson

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