Since 1904


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leadership. service. tradition.

  • Lock and Chain brings together 15 exemplary rising sophomore leaders every year in order to sponsor various events throughout the year, including the Sophomore Sizzle, Book Sales, Major/Minor Fair and George Washington Week

  • As an active honorary, Lock and Chain devotes time to both campus-wide events, and also community outreach and philanthropy

  • Founded in 1904, Lock and Chain is WashU's oldest sophomore honorary.

  • Members not only gain access to a vast alumni network, but also become part of a 117 year-old family while strengthening the legacy of Lock and Chain.


We the 119th class of Lock and Chain commit to exploring innovative ways to sustain our pillars of leadership, service, and tradition in these unprecedented times. As we reimagine our legacy through a virtual lens, we strive to stay true to our core values of inclusion and awareness by fostering bonds in our community and with each other.


Lock and Chain organizes a number of events every year for the Washington University community.

Book Sale | 8/26 - 8/31

Every fall, Lock and Chain sells textbooks on behalf of Washington University students.


This year we raised money for the Foster Care and Adoption Center. And sold over 700 books on behalf of students.



Major/Minor Fair | 10/7

Every year, Lock and Chain supports the College of Arts & Sciences "Major-Minor Fair" through promotion and volunteer work.

Sophomore Sizzle | 10/27

A back-to-school fall fling meant to unite the sophomore class and the WashU community

This party on the swamp is a chance for the sophomore class to get together and have a fun break during the midterm season. 


This year's theme was "Get Out My Swamp", a Shrek themed party meant to connect with the Halloween spooky season we are in. We had food, games, tug of war, and the best soundtrack out there. ​

Philanthrophy and Service

Lock and Chain's biggest event of the year meant to encourage school spirit, build lasting traditions, and foster debate and dialogue about the legacy of our school's namesake. 

Our commitment to the greater St. Louis

community manifests in many forms


We will donate our remaining inventory of novels from our book sale to The Office of Student Success.


We worked with the Foster and Adoptive Center in continuation of our committed support to them.


In this honorary, we greatly value the extent to which community service has an effect on those around us, within the WashU community and beyond.


The application for LNC 119 is now open. You will be able to find the link under the Apply/FAQ tab.