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Honor Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma are the two first-year honor societies at Vanderbilt. The two societies work together as student organizations to promote service and scholarship both on The Ingram Commons and campus-wide. Individual information for each society can be found below.

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta membership is open to all first-year students 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 the first-year class. The minimum scholastic average required for membership is a 3.5 or above GPA. Eligibility is based on grades from the fall semester of the first year. 

After the application process, students will be notified of future date and time of initiation. Once initiated the student becomes a lifetime member of Alpha Lambda Delta. Members may remain active in the chapter throughout college. Members hold offices while they are sophomores and participate in Alpha Lambda Delta campus or community service projects.

  • Visit the  Alpha Lambda Delta national website.
  • Students eligible after their fall semester will receive an invitation to apply to Alpha Lambda Delta. 
  • A one-time membership fee of $35 is required to join Alpha Lambda Delta. The fee covers keys or pins and certificates, with a portion of the money going to the honor society’s organizational fund.  

Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma honorary is open to all first-year students 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 3.5 or above GPA. Eligibility is based on grades from the fall semester of the first year.

After the application process, students will be notified of future date and time of initiation. Once initiated the student becomes a lifetime member of Phi Eta Sigma. Members may remain active in the chapter throughout college. Members hold offices while they are sophomores and participate in Phi Eta Sigma campus or community service projects.

  • Visit the  Phi Eta Sigma national website .
  • Students eligible after their fall semester will receive an invitation to apply to Phi Eta Sigma. 
  • A one-time membership fee of $35 is required to join Phi Eta Sigma. The fee covers keys or pins and certificates, with a portion of the money going to the honor society’s organizational fund.

Joint Executive Board

At Vanderbilt, as is the case at other institutions, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma are governed by a joint executive board. The executive board is responsible for providing general guidance to members of both bodies and for initiating opportunities to meet the service requirements of each organization. The following students are serving on the executive board for the 2017-2018 year:

  • Alex Rains, President (alex.rains@vanderbilt.edu)
  • Kendall Kurzweil, Vice President & Treasurer (kendall.r.kurzweil@vanderbilt.edu)
  • Griffin Patterson, Secretary (griffin.e.patterson@vanderbilt.edu)

For more information about the first-year honor societies, contact Ben Fields.