The Society of Women Engineers membership grades are: Student Member, Affiliate, Associate, Member, Senior Member, Fellow, and Honorary. Applicants are assigned to the highest membership grade for which they are eligible.
After submitting an application, an individual is automatically assigned to the Section in the closest geographical area or, if the area isn’t part of a Section, to the Members-at-Large. Some Sections, particularly SWE’s older Sections, cover vast areas. Many times two or more separate metropolitan areas are part of the same Section, but meetings and activities may be concentrated in only one. Members in an outlying metropolitan area may seek to form a separate Section with a more localized focus.