You've been invited to join one of the most prestigious honor societies in the nation! Alpha Lambda Delta has over 80 years of tradition honoring the best first year students at over 245 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 the National Office, or reach out to New Student Programs and Family Outreach at OSU!
Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society that recognizes academic success within students' first-year in college. ALD is a national organization that's been in existence since 1924. 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."
You were invited because you've attained a 3.5 or higher GPA in your first year in higher education, and you're in the top 20% of your class after the first year. You've already earned the recognition that Alpha Lambda Delta offers - now, all you have to do is accept it.
Lifetime National dues for Alpha Lambda Delta are $20. There is also a one-time fee that is charged by the OSU chapter; but once you pay your dues (both at the nation and local level), you'll never be charged again.
Phi Eta Sigma is another honor society for first year students. ALD and PES were twin organizations (one for men, one for women) until the Title IX decisions made both organizations co-educational 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!