Alpha Lambda Delta

Founded in the spring of 1924 at the University of Illinois by Dean Maria Leonard, Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year students.  Today, Alpha Lambda Delta has over 250 chapters throughout the United States and more than 700,000 students have been initiated into membership since the first chapter was started more than 80 years ago.

Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society at Xavier University of Louisiana is open to freshmen students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better (4.0 scale) when enrolled in 12 hours or more of college level courses only during the Fall or Spring semesters.  Xavier University of Louisiana has welcomed over 135 first year students into Alpha Lambda Delta each year since receiving its charter.

Alpha Lambda Delta emphasizes that educated persons have a responsibility to more than themselves.  "To be a scholar one must see a scholar", says the first ALD adviser at Xavier.  Study, prepare, perform then come out and humbly show others the way to success.

In 2010, 72 charter members took an oath to continue to “maintain high scholarship and to use their education for the benefit of their community, their nation, and the world in which they live.” Now it is your turn!

For more information about National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year Students, visit the national website at or contact the Student Academic Success Office at 504-520-5466 and

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