Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is an honor society for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education. 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."


ALD was founded at the University of Illinois in 1924 to recognize academic excellence among first year women as the university had founded Phi Eta Sigma the previous year to do the same for first year men. In the 1970s they both became coeducational organizations in response to Title IX. In the 85 years since its founding, ALD has initiated over 750,000 students and expanded to include over 250 chapters across the country and was one of the first members of the Association of College Honor Societies -- the organization that sets the standard for honor societies in the United States.

Why Should I Join?

  • Recognition as a member of an academic honor society that is 85 years old.
  • Engage the world or at least our Carlisle community by participating in community service projects with other fun ALD students at Dickinson as well as events like movie marathons, game nights, etc.
  • You'll be eligible to apply for over $150,000 in scholarships and fellowships through the national ALD office
  • Wear special ALD Senior Cords at graduation showing your academic excellence
  • Only costs $55 for your lifetime dues!

How Do I Join?

All eligible first years will be contacted with an invitation to join Alpha Lambda Delta. In order to accept membership into ALD all you need to do is return the invitation with your dues and you're a member for life!

If you have any more questions feel free contact one of the current Council members.