Prospective Members

The ALD & PES Honor Society is an invitation only honor society. We have two inductions (Fall and Spring), and invitations are mailed prior to each semester. Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma membership is open to all freshmen and transfer students who meet the following academic qualifications:

  • The student must be registered for a full course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must rank in the top 20 percent of their freshman class.
  • Obtain the minimum scholastic average required for membership, a 3.5 GPA.

Eligibility for freshmen is based on grades from their first semester at Maryland, or on cumulative average of the first year in college. Eligibility for transfer students is based only on their first semester grades at UMCP, not on a cumulative average. Students also must have completed 12 credits with no D or F in any subject. Once initiated, the student becomes a lifetime member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma. Members may remain active in the chapter throughout college. Offices are held by members while they are sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

All members need to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher throughout their college careers. If this initial requirement is not met, then the member is automatically prohibited from receiving cords. To receive honor cords, a member must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and an average of 3 points/semester to qualify for honor cords. If, however, a member does not meet these requirements, she or he can still participate in all activities and be considered a member.

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