In 1976, Rider University established a circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Composed of junior and senior students who meet the leadership qualifications for membership and the GPA (3.25 or above) requirement, the society’s goals are to recognize the accomplishments of academically sound student leaders and enhance leadership skills and abilities.

With over 300 circles nationwide, Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes achievement in the following five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Omicron Delta Kappa not only promotes the personal and professional development of its members, but also seeks to encourage leadership development for all students at Rider University through a variety of workshops and opportunities.

Membership Information

Every September, Omicron Delta Kappa invites current juniors and seniors who have a 3.25 GPA or above to apply for membership. Those applicants who demonstrate a breadth and/or depth of leadership within the 5 areas ODK are accepted become official members of ODK by submitting a membership fee and participating in an Induction Ceremony that occurs in November.

Benefits of Membership

ODK members not only have opportunities to continue to develop their leadership skills at Rider, but also have opportunities to earn awards and scholarships through ODK National.  Rider ODK members are encouraged to attend programs and workshops to earn free cords upon graduation.

Activities of the Rider Circle

The Rider Circle of ODK enjoys supporting the National organization by planning events and service projects to celebrate Founder’s Day (December) and the National Day of Service (April).  Additionally, ODK hosts numerous events throughout the year, including leadership discussions with our University’s President and Board of Trustee members.

Omicron Delta Kappa Rider Circle Leader of the Year

In April 2016, the Rider Circle awarded its first ever Leader of the Year Award.  The purpose of the award is to celebrate the culmination of leadership accomplishments of a senior Rider Circle member. 

On April 30 at the Senior Awards Banquet, the award was presented to Ms. Caroline Forde.  As an Elementary Education and English major, Caroline pushed herself to develop both personally and professionally while at Rider.  She sought diverse experiences both in and out of the classroom to challenge her.   She learned that leadership is not positional, but rather, it is about serving others and contributing to her community.  Her organization involvement included: Class Council, Alpha Phi Omega, Sigma Tau Delta, the Relay for Life Committee, and the Student Entertainment Council.  She was a tutor for the Student Success Center, produced a documentary entitled “Filming White Female”, and presented a scholarly essay she wrote at the New Jersey Undergraduate State Colloquium.

Congratulations, Caroline, for being our first ODK Rider Circle Leader of the Year recipient!

For more information, visit the ODK booth at SGA Awareness Day (mid-September) and visit the ODK National website at

ODK Contacts at Rider