Chapter History

The University of California, Davis believes in excellence and strives to provide the best environment possible for guiding our Golden Key members to achieve in academics, leadership and service. The UC Davis Golden Key chapter was chartered June 2, 1986 as part of U.S. Region 9, which includes schools in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.

Boasting the status of being the largest collegiate honor society in the world, we also take pride in being a non profit organization. GK consists of 2 million members worldwide, and are branched in 400 colleges and universities in seven different countries: Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas, and the US. 


Our Mission: Enable members to realize their potential through the advancement of academics, leadership, and service.

Our Values: Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Diversity, Excellence, and Engagement.

Our 3 Pillars: Academics, Leadership, and Service



You can become a member of GK by invitation only

     - Top 15% of college/university sophomores, juniors, and seniors

     - Top-performing graduate students


Benefits of being a GK member:

     - Academic Recognition

     - Leadership Opportunities

     - Scholarships

     - Community Service Opportunities

     - Resume Building

     - Career Assistance

     - Networking




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