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New AIU Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Recognizes Student Excellence

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Pursuing a degree takes commitment, dedication and drive. And while hard work is said to be its own reward, a little external recognition can also go a long way in rewarding students’ effort and commitment. Thanks to the new AIU chapter of national academic honor society Alpha Sigma Lambda, eligible students now can pursue just such a reward for their standout academic performance.

Alpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time college students.1 Founded in 1945 by Dr. Rollin B. Posey, Dean of University College at Northwestern University, the society was established to honor adult students who deftly balance their day-to-day responsibilities while maintaining high scholastic standards. Since then, Alpha Sigma Lambda has grown to encompass more than 300 chartered chapters throughout the United States. Today, the society aims to inspire students toward continuing scholastic growth and to foster pride through recognition.

To qualify for membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, AIU students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled in an associate- or bachelor-level degree program and have earned 24 credit hours at AIU
  • Of the above 24 credit hours, a minimum of 12 must have been earned in Liberal Arts/Sciences courses
  • Students must have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 – 4.0
  • Membership is restricted to the top 20% of all eligible AIU students (including AIU online and ground campus students)
  • A one-time membership fee of $35 is required. This fee includes a membership card, pin, stole, and recognition at the annual induction ceremony.

AIU students who are eligible for Alpha Sigma Lambda membership will be contacted via email within their final year of study at AIU. For questions, please contact Chapter Councilor Dr. Kathleen Embry, AIU Online Program Chair, Education, for more information at


  1. Alpha Sigma Lambda, “History,” on the Internet at (visited May 23, 2016).