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FAQ for Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma

Can I apply to join?

No. Membership to Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma is by invitation only.

What are the membership eligibility requirements?

Membership is offered to students who earn a grade point average of at least 3.50 during the first semester of their freshman year while completing at least twelve semester hours of coursework. Students who do not qualify during the first semester may become eligible by earning a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the first two semesters of work combined where the student was enrolled full time in both semesters.

Can you tell me if I am eligible for membership?

Students can only be notified of eligibility by receiving an invitation. Staff at the University Honors Center are unable to declare whether a student is eligible for membership. Students may evaluate for themselves whether they think they meet the eligibility requirements. If invitations have been distributed and you believe you should have been notified, please check here for more instructions. A notification of when invitations have been sent will appear on the sidebar of these pages, as well as the chapter website.

If you have restricted your directory information you may not appear on eligibility ballots. If you wish to be considered, you will need to petition for membership in a given election period.

When are elections held?

Elections are held after the 12th class day in the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar to see when these dates fall in a particular year. Students who have been invited to join will be notified shortly thereafter.

How am I notified that I have been elected?

Students who have been elected to join will receive an email and a letter sent to the addresses on file with The University of Texas at Austin. To ensure that you receive notification, please make sure your contact information is current on UT DIRECT.

If you have restricted your directory information you may not appear on eligibility ballots. If you wish to be considered, you will need to petition for membership in a given election period.

What is the difference between the two organizations? Do I have to join both? Which one should I join?

Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma were originally brother and sister organizations. Both became co-ed in the 1970’s. Students who join either or both organizations are able to participate fully in all activities in both UT chapters. However, students are only eligible for national scholarships and other resources from the organization they join. Students are advised to visit the national websites for each society (see sidebar) to review scholarship opportunities and other member benefits before deciding to join only one organization or the other.

How do I join?

Instructions for joining are included in the invitation for membership. Students must complete a membership form and return it and their membership dues to the University Honors Center.

I am a transfer student and joined at my previous school. How to I affiliate myself with the UT chapter.

Transfer students should complete the Transfer Student Form to be added to the UT chapter membership roll. The chapter is unable to provide a new membership certificate for transfer members.

I am currently studying abroad. Can I still join?

Yes. Students who are studying abroad may still join by following the instructions provided with their invitation letter. Students are not required to attend the induction ceremony. Members who are unable to attend and collect their membership certificate and materials will be notified by email about how to obtain them. Members who wish to attend a later induction ceremony due to study abroad should still join and contact the chapter when they return to make arrangements.

How much does it cost to join?

Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is $40. This is a one-time membership fee and covers all national and local chapter dues.

Membership in Phi Eta Sigma is $40. This is a one-time membership fee and covers all national and local chapter dues.

Students who elect to join both societies at the same time may do so at a discounted rate of $75.

If you are are unable to pay these dues, please contact the chapter directly to inquire about alternative arrangements.

How do I pay?

Instructions for payment are included in the invitation for membership. At this time Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta sigma only accepts credit and debit cards for online payment.

What level of participation is required or members? How much time will I need to devote to this organization?

Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma primarily engage in service activities. Members are awarded points based on their level of involvement with the organization. The level of participation affects a member’s ability to hold office in the organizations and be nominated for scholarships from the organizations.

Do I have to attend the induction ceremony to join?

No. Although new members are encouraged to attended their induction ceremony, attendance is not required for membership.

How do I collect my certificate and pin if I am unable to attend the induction ceremony?

Members who are unable to collect their membership certificate and pin at the induction ceremony will be notified by email of how to obtain them. If a member has not heard how to collect their materials, they should contact the chapter directly.

Does the chapter provide honors cords or other graduation materials?

Members are eligible to purchase graduation cords from the chapter in the weeks leading up to the graduation period. Information about pricing and location of pick-up will be sent to chapter members prior to graduation.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Members are eligible for a number of national Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma awards and scholarships, in addition to a number of local chapter scholarships.

Please contact the chapter directly for information about how to take advantage of these scholarship opportunities.

I think I am eligible to join, but I have not received an invitation. What should I do?

First, check the sidebar to see if invitations have been sent for the current eligibility period. If invitations have not yet been sent, please refrain from submitting a petition, even if it is after the 12th class day. If invitations have been sent and you have not received one, proceed to the following steps.

Next, check the contact information you have on file with the University. If you believe your invitation has been sent to the wrong address, contact the University Honors Center. The center will be able to tell you if you were invited to join and can make alternative arrangements for you to receive your invitation materials.

If you have restricted your directory information you may not appear on eligibility ballots. If you wish to be considered, you will need to follow the directions below.

If you find that you were not invited to join but believe that you meet the eligibility requirements, you will need to submit a petition for membership. Please download and complete the Membership Petition Form. Follow all instructions on the form. You will also need to bring a printed academic summary from the Registrar’s office to the University Honors Center. These will be evaluated against the eligibility requirements and you will be notified of the results in the timeframe indicated on the form. Please make note of all deadlines on the form, as petitions submitted either early or after the deadline will not be accepted.