About Us

College Students are the reservoir from which our nation draws its leadership strength

Each year, a select group of students is called forward to accept one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow — selection to Who’s Who Among Students. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate.

Through our years of serving higher education, Who’s Who Among Students has become one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation, having earned the overwhelming respect of college faculties and administrations. And for the students – the outstanding campus leaders of the year – national recognition by the Who’s Who program marks a pinnacle of scholastic achievement.

Selections to Who’s Who Among Students are made each fall by individual schools. Campus nominating committees, created to nominate the upper-classmen and graduate students eligible for the program, are composed of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body.

This procedure of nomination succeeds in highlighting the individual and diverse service to community and school. These are the students who enhance the positive image of the American students through their contributions to community and school. Because curricular and extracurricular programs at schools vary greatly, each college is assigned a quota of nominees. This quota is carefully calculated to ensure a well-rounded representation of the student body. All nominations must be endorsed by a college’s faculty or administration.

It should always be remembered that college students are the reservoir from which our nation draws its leadership strength. This feeling about American students is the guiding principle behind the Who’s Who Among Students program and our efforts to proudly continue to aid campuses in honoring students who demonstrate consistent excellence.

Who’s Who Among Students honors students from universities and colleges as well as junior colleges. Our program is not affiliated with: High School, Middle, Elementary, Teachers, Deans List and Marquis Co.


Henry Pettus Randall, Jr. founded Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges in 1934.  As an outstanding student at the University of Alabama, Mr. Randall received several offers to join honors societies but could not afford the costly membership fees.

His personal financial struggle inspired him to create an honors program based on achievement rather than financial ability.

Over the last 80 years, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges has grown from one man’s vision into the premier honors program for over 1,000 universities and colleges across the country.  We remain dedicated to the legacy that excellence in the face of adversity must be celebrated without a price tag.  We welcome you to this prestigious community of scholars and wish you all the best in future pursuits.