Pursuant to the goals of the Society, we believe that membership should not be restricted. As such, all students at the University are welcome to join us.

The Society meets on Thursdays at 8 P.M. in Jefferson Hall, Hotel C, West Range. Meetings are open to the public. We encourage you to attend our Chapel Meeting and Humorous Meeting, held in the beginning of the semester, to get a feel for the membership in the Society.

The Spring 2018 recruitment meetings will be January 25th for the Chapel Meeting in the West Meeting Room of the Rotunda, while our Humorous Meeting is on February 1st in Jefferson Hall. The Smith Simpson Debate on Foreign Policy with the Jefferson Society will occur this spring.


The Society seeks to cultivate an appreciation for literature and oratory, and asks prospective members to complete requirements to this end. Your first semester in the Society is your ‘Provisional Semester’; to be inducted as a Member you must complete the Membership Requirements. Your Vice President, Provisional Membership Chairs, and general membership are all here to help you in this pursuit.

As of Fall 2017, the requirements for membership are:

Attendance: You must be present for 2/3rds of meetings.

Presentation: You must provide one literary presentation and participate in one debate.

Services: You must perform one major and one minor service for the Society.

Although these requirements may seem daunting, the Society will help you along the way. Workshops will be held for presentations, and many service opportunities will be provided throughout the semester by the Sergeant-at-Arms, Special Project Chair, Social Chair, and Vice President, among other ad hoc services. If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President.