Today in NC State History: Order of Thirty and Three is founded

May 21, 2012
By Chris Saunders

PrintIf you Google “secret societies” at NC State, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything with the intrigue or secrecy of Yale University’s Skull and Bones. If there’s one club whose name suggests a possible secret club, it’s the Order of Thirty and Three, an organization unique to NC State.

303emblemresize400realcolorOf course the Order of Thirty and Three doesn’t have the exclusivity of the Skull and Bones. Any NC State student, male or female, can apply to be in it.

It was founded on this day in 1931 to promote leadership, strong relationships with alumni and school spirit on campus. The organization consists of 33 members, eleven from each of the sophomore, junior and senior classes.

An application calls for second-year students who exhibit strong moral character, a high sense of honor, leaderships and a desire to “accomplish the greatest good” for the university. The first full class of all 33 members was in 1933.

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2 Responses to “Today in NC State History: Order of Thirty and Three is founded”

  1. Louie Carter says:

    I was inducted to Order of Thirty and Three in (I believe) 1966. Is there a continuing and available list of inductees by class year? I was in the School of Textiles.

  2. Paul Fant says:

    I was inducted in 1972 in the School of Electrical Engineering. I have no further information. I too would love to know if anything at all is happening with this group. I’m on LinkedIn.

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