Omicron Delta Epsilon - Honors Society

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About OΔE

Cornell University hosts the New York Kappa chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Honor Society in Economics, and was chartered in 1961. We are economics majors interested in creating a close-knit community within the department and supporting the academic success of our members.

OΔE inducts new members each year, from among members of the junior and senior classes with majors in Economics. Membership is limited to those students meeting requirements with respect to both overall GPA and GPA in the Economics major.

Benefits of OΔE membership include:

  • Connections with Faculty - Have lunch with an Econ professor and hear about their research and get advice on your journey in economics.
  • Community of Economics Majors - Talk about concepts or current events you learned about in class, get advice from upperclassmen, and make important contacts for the future.
  • Social and Academic Events - Attend events with other OΔEers on campus to meet leaders of the field, support one another's student organization events, and experience other facets of your major.
  • Academic Success - Learn about useful resources on campus and be recognized during our Spring Ropes Ceremony and Graduation.

OΔE History

Omicron Delta Epsilon (OΔE) is an international honor society in the field of economics. Resulting from the merger of Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon, OΔE was founded in 1963. Its board of trustees includes well-known economists such as Robert Lucas, Kenneth Arrow, and Robert Solow.

ODE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has approximately 88,000 members. ODE currently has 578 active chapters worldwide. New members consist of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as college and university faculty. OΔE publishes a journal entitled The American Economist twice each year and awards honor cords for its graduates. Cornell University’s Kappa chapter of OΔE was chartered in 1961.

Membership Requirements

Members are inducted during a special ceremony with faculty and wear unique yellow and blue ropes at graduation. Additionally, students who qualify will also have access to leadership positions within Omicron Delta Epsilon as well as exclusive events in the upcoming year (including faculty lunches, alumni networking, and social events).

In order to apply you will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have an overall GPA of at least a 3.6
  2. Must have taken at least 5 Economics courses at Cornell (not including 1110, 1120, and 2040)
  3. Must have a GPA of at least 3.7 in those Economics courses.

Good Standing and Graduation Ropes:

In order to stay in “good standing” with Omicron Delta Epsilon,we ask that each member attend at least 2 events each semester. There are many ways to satisfy this requirement and a list of upcoming ODE/Department of Economics programs will be send to members each semester. These exclusive events including faculty lunches, alumni networking, and social events. Members in good standing will earn unique Omicron Delta Epsilon ropes for their graduation regalia.

How to Calculate your Econ Course GPA:

To calculate your ECON Course GPA, use the following guide.  Please include all ECON courses, except ECON 1110, 1120, and 2040 in this calculation.  Cross-listed courses should be included in this GPA (ie ECON 3710/PAM 4280 The Economics of Risky Health Behaviors). Grades of INC, R, S, SX, U, UX, and W should not be included in this calculation.

To compute your ECON course grade point average (GPA)

  • First, add up the products (Multiply credit hours X  grade quality points)
  • Divide by the total credit hours taken

    Quality Points
    A+ = 4.3 C = 2.0
    A = 4.0 C- = 1.7
    A- = 3.7 D+ = 1.3
    B+ = 3.3 D = 1.0
    B = 3.0 D- = 0.7
    B- = 2.7 F = 0.0
    C+ = 2.3  

Applications are open from August 29 –  September 13 at noon.  

Welcome to the application for Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Economics Honors Society.  Cornell is the Kappa chapter of one of the world’s largest academic honor societies, started in 1915. At Cornell, in order to remain a member in good standing, we require attendance at two events per semester, including faculty lunches, research seminars, public talks on economics and social events. If this commitment would create a hardship, you should reconsider applying to ODE.

Before starting the application, please make sure you meet our membership criteria (see above).

Application Components:

  1. Contact Information
  2. List of which Economics courses you have taken and grades achieved
  3. Cornell GPA and Econ Course GPA  (learn how to calculate your Econ GPA above)
  4. Short Essay Questions
    1. Why do you want to be in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Cornell Economics Honors Society?  (500 characters max)
    2. What are your plans after graduation?  (300 characters max)
    3. What could you contribute to the ODE community? (300 characters max)
    4. Are you involved in any extracurricular groups that are economics-related? Please list them here and include if you hold a leadership role. (Short Answer)

Please make sure you finish the survey completely. We had multiple students last year who stopped early and thus were not able to be considered for admission.

Application Link: Opens on Thursday, August 29, 2019

Questions about the application?  Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies at


Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies at The DUS will be happy to answer your questions concerning membership, events, and open officer positions.