There are many opportunities for college students to be honored and recognized for their outstanding academic work as they approach senior year and graduation. There are individual college honor societies as well as national honor societies for most majors. However, if you have a first year college student, those recognition opportunities may seem a long way off. There is at least one national honor society specifically for first year students – Alpha Lambda Delta.
Not every college or university has a chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, but there are chapters at over 260 schools around the country. If the school has a chapter, students are invited to join the honor society if they have achieved a GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.5 (on a 4 point scale) and are in the top 20% of their class during their first term or year of higher education. The honor society inducts approximately 25,000-29,000 students nationally each year. Some chapters may do little beyond an initiation ceremony, and some chapters may be very active, holding meetings and conducting service projects. This choice is up to the individual school.