National Honor Societies for High-Achieving Freshmen

Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma are joint honor societies at IUPUI. ALD/PES has a long history of coordinating community and campus volunteer projects, and providing several leadership opportunities to members. In addition, there are several scholarships and awards available to members. If you are looking for a chance to get involved in your community and make lasting social connections, you’ve come to the right place.

To become eligible to join, you must earn a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and be in the top 20% of your class in your first semester of your freshman year at IUPUI. You will receive an invitation to join both societies via email in the early spring semester of your freshman year if you are eligible. If you decide to join, you will attend a formal initiation ceremony in March. By joining ALDPES, you will have access to many wonderful leadership, scholarship, and volunteer oportunities. You will be able to attend our fun and informational meetings and activities while you’re in college, and you will be a member of the societies for life. Consider joining ALDPES and reward yourself for the hard work you completed your freshman year!

The Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta was a sorority founded in 1924 by the University of Illinois’s Dean of Women Maria Leonard. It was followed in 1926 by Phi Eta Sigma, a fraternity, founded by Dean Thomas Arkle Clark. After the passing of Title IX, a landmark amendment which prohibited sex discrimination in schools, ALD and PES joined to become a coed organization created to recognize the academic achievements of college freshmen. Our classic torch insignia is based on the quote “Will they hold torches and pass them to one another…” by Socrates, which was said at the first meeting of the joint chapter. The quote inspired many members and became an integral image of the ALD/PES identity.

Indiana’s own Purdue and DePauw Universities were among the first out of state institutions to join, making the organization national. ALD/PES have been active members within the Association of College Honor Societies since the ACHS began, and now consists of over 260 chapters and more than 850,000 members nationwide. The ALD/PES mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals in society.”

Alpha Lambda Delta

The mission of Alpha Lambda Delta is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. You can learn more about ALD by clicking on the link below.

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Phi Eta Sigma

Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. Inspired by the past and dedicated to the future, the Society’s mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning. You can learn more about PES

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The Officers

Our officers work diligently to plan meetings, community service events, and social gatherings. Last spring, past officers helped Lisa Ruch (our adviser) interview and select our current officers based on their skills in leadership, organization, and teamwork. Every August, all the officers meet at Eagle Creek Hide-A-Way to brainstorm ideas for the year. They continue to meet throughout the year to coordinate additional events.

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Stay up to date with all the wonderful activities ALDPES is doing by utilizing our Calendar! Click on event listings for more information. We can’t wait to see you around!

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