Student Life

Maroon Key Society

The University of Chicago College honorary society for third- and fourth-year students

The Maroon Key Society is the College's honorary society and its principle student advisory group. Its members serve as advisors to the College leadership and play an important role as representatives of the greater student body to faculty, staff and administrative leadership. In addition to representing the larger student body in counsel with College leadership, Maroon Key Society members will also play an active role in the College Class Day Celebration. Students elected to the Maroon Key Society in their second year will serve for two years; students elected in their third year will serve for one year.

Campus deadline for all Maroon Key Society nominations: Monday, May 3, 2021

Deadline for all nominated students to submit their required application materials: Monday, May 10, 2021

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a second- or third-year student at time of application
  • Active in co-curricular activities - including research, leadership, and/or service
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA 
  • All majors eligible

All nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021. Nominations received after the campus deadline will not be accepted.

  • Faculty and staff must submit their nominations online here by Monday, May 3, 2021

All nominated students will be asked to submit the following materials as a part of the online application by Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Upload a current curriculum vitae (CV) or academic resume detailing all activities (honors/awards, research, leadership, service, internship, and employment experience) beginning with your first-year at UChicago. Guidance about how to craft a CV can be found here.
  • Upload a current unofficial transcript.
  • Provide a 350-word nominee essay that responds to the following: please provide an example of your ambition for others (public service, meaningful leadership, work in your research group, tutoring, etc) and provide a brief description of one area that you would like to discuss further with the College leadership (please don't use this as an opportunity to air grievances, but to thoughtfully reflect on a unique challenge or opportunity for growth in the College and/or student experience). 

Selection criteria include: 

  • Evidence of academic excellence and potential
  • Sustained engagement in co- and/or extra-curricular activities (as evidence of ambition for others)
  • Commitment to values and ideals of the College