About Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national society that honors academic excellence during a student's first year in college. Founded as an honorary for freshman woman at the University of Illinois in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta became a national organization as chapters were established at Purdue in 1926 and at Depauw in 1927. Its purpose is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing as well as developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.
Alpha Lambda Delta membership is open to all freshmen who meet the academic qualifications. Students must be registered for a full course of study leading to a bachelor's degree and must rank in the top 20 percent of their freshman class. The minimum scholastic average required for membership is a grade exactly halfway between the two highest grades given by the school, 3.5 or better. Eligibility is based on the first semester or on the cumulative average of the first year in college.
Once initiated, the student becomes a lifetime member of Alpha Lambda Delta. Members may remain active in the chapter throughout college. Offices are held by members while they are sophomores.
Alpha Lambda Delta makes numerous opportunities available to students, including:
- Lifetime memberships
- Professional quality certificates
- Initiation key or lapel pin
- Sophomore membership awards
- Opportunity to serve on National Council
- National workshops
- Senior certificates
- Graduate study fellowships
- Local Chapter activities
- Recognition and prestige of national honor society membership