Info for Prospective Members

Congratulations!  You've been invited to join one of the most prestigious honor societies in the nation!  Alpha Lambda Delta has over 90 years of tradition honoring the best first year students at over 280 institutions of higher education.

We're sure you have a few questions, and we hope to provide the answers below.  If you want to know something not covered here, you can try our FAQ page, contact your chapter advisor, or contact the National Office!

What is Alpha Lambda Delta?

Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education.  (For a brief history of the Society, click here)  We recognize those students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year.  Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement... to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

A great way to find the answer to your question is to take a look at the most recent issue of the Alpha Lambda Delta Flame magazine.  Each year, the Flame provides a snapshot of what Alpha Lambda Delta has been up to - at both the National and local levels.  Click here to take a look today!

Why was I invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta?

You were invited because you've attained a 3.5 or higher GPA in your first year or term in higher education, and you're in the top 20% of your class after the first year or term.  You've already earned the recognition that Alpha Lambda Delta offers - now, all you have to do is accept it.

How much does it cost?

Lifetime National dues for Alpha Lambda Delta are $25.  Many local chapters also charge dues for membership, but for most students, joining Alpha Lambda Delta for life costs less than $50.  Once you pay your dues once, you'll never be charged again.

What's Phi Eta Sigma?  Can I join both?

Phi Eta Sigma is another honor society for first year students.  ALD and PES were twin organizations (one for men, one for women) until both organizations became co-educational with Title IX in the 1970's.  On some campuses, there are chapters of both ALD and PES, and on some of those campuses, the organizations work together as a joint chapter.

If there are both groups on your campus, you can certainly join both.  In fact, by joining both, you'll be eligible for the membership benefits and scholarship competitions offered by both groups!

What do I get by joining Alpha Lambda Delta?

  • Lifetime National membership dues are only $25 (Local dues may be added)
  • Enjoy your privacy - Alpha Lambda Delta will never sell your personal information to third parties
  • Participate in local and National service and social activities - do your part to help the community and your campus
  • Compete for over $200,000 in scholarships and fellowships each year - with our Trow and Stemler Scholarships and ALD Graduate Fellowships.
  • Make friends from around the nation at the annual National Leadership Conference
  • Wear Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Honor Cords at your graduation exercises
  • Receive the recognition that comes from membership in a national society with over 90 years of tradition!