Association of College Honor Societies


Alpha Sigma Lambda

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Admitted to ACHS: 2011

Founded in 1942 at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

No of Active Chapters: 325

No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 325

Publications: Midnight Oil Newsletter

PURPOSE: Alpha Sigma Lambda's aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student's career. By so doing, this Society encourages many students to continue toward and to earn associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Through leadership born of effort, both scholastically and fraternally, Alpha Sigma Lambda inspires its candidates to give of their strengths to their fellow students and communities through their academic achievements.

To the newcomer in higher education, Alpha Sigma Lambda stands as an inspiration to scholastic growth and an invitation to associate with similarly motivated students.

ELIGIBILITY: Students interested in attaining membership in the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society must attend a regionally accredited college or university that offers two- or four-year degrees to non-traditional/adult students. This institution must be a member of the Society in order to offer membership to its students. Membership is strictly by invitation to the chapter at the matriculating institution. Currently, membership is limited to undergraduate students seeking their first degree.

Student members must have completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) graded semester hour credits or the equivalent** and shall be matriculated students in an undergraduate degree program in an institution that is regionally accredited in the U.S or recognized by the Ministry of Education of the country in which the program operates. These college credits may not include transfer credits. All twenty-four credits must be taken through and graded at the matriculating institution and must be included in the studentís cumulative GPA.

At least twelve credits of student's total credits should be earned in courses in Liberal Arts/Sciences, not including applied Arts/Sciences courses. Accepted transfer courses may be added to the 24 credits earned at this institution until the Liberal Arts/Sciences requirements are fully satisfied.

Student members shall be selected from the highest twenty percent of the students who have twenty-four graded credits and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program. Student members selected must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. The cumulative scholastic record of the student as interpreted by the institution where membership is to be conferred shall be the basis for computing scholastic eligibility.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Institutional members are encouraged to adopt a plan of work that provides service to the home institution. Some chapters are considered as being honorary only, meaning they have an annual induction ceremony but no formal structure in terms of officers or a plan of work. Adult learners often find it very difficult to take on additional obligations beyond their work, family and education.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Regis Gilman, Executive Director, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920

Tel: (217) 581-7106  Fax: (217) 581-6697

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 7/20/2018