We the 117th class of Lock and Chain promise to uphold a character that celebrates inclusion and awareness of our community. We will strive to honor Lock and Chain’s pillars of leadership, service, and tradition, while also creating a new legacy and staying true to our values. We will uphold commitment to our class through our bonds to our community and to each other.



Lock and Chain is Washington University's oldest Sophomore Honorary.


Lock and Chain was created in 1904 by 6 sophomore men. Since then, the honorary has expanded to 15 members from all different backgrounds, but it still stands by its founding principles-- leadership, service, and tradition. 


Students are chosen during the Spring from the freshman class through a highly selective application and interview process. Members are chosen based on academic merit, extracurricular involvement, leadership capabilities and roles, and personal qualities.


Lock and Chain is an active honorary, sponsoring various events throughout the year, including the Sophomore Sizzle, Major-Minor fair, George Washington Week, and Book Sales. Lock and Chain is also dedicated to community engagement and philanthropic programming. 


Tradition is important in Lock and Chain - members can be identified on campus by the chains they wear. 


Inductees are active their sophomore year, but remain supportive members of the Lock and Chain family for life.

The application for LNC 118 is currently closed.


"Washington University's Oldest Sophomore Honorary"