Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was first established in 1946 at Northwestern University to encourage and recognize the scholastic achievements of adult students. The national chapter-based honor society now has over 300 chapters throughout the United States and we are proud that Oregon State University is on that list. To this day, Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest, but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students.

Maria Carpenter, B.S. in Agricultural Sciences, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society

“I appreciate being enrolled in the Alpha Sigma Lambda family," says Maria Carpenter, Ecampus agricultural sciences alumna. "It gave me the step up into a rangeland management specialist position with the Department of Interior. Being able to show that I was a part of a collegiate honor society increased my pay grade and was definitely worth it! I also appreciate the key chain tassel – showing it to others can hopefully help other working moms know they, too, can push through and succeed with an education.” Read more about Maria »

Omicron Epsilon is the new chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda and offers adult learners here at Oregon State the opportunity to be recognized for their academic achievements at both a university and a national level. Membership is by invitation only and will be based on the following academic criteria:

  • Current student seeking a first bachelor's degree
  • Age 25 or older
  • Have completed at least 36 credits in academic residency
  • Have completed at least 18 credits in liberal arts/sciences (can include transfer credits)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.4
  • Be in the top 20% of those students who meet the above qualifications


What are the benefits of joining the OSU chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda?

  • Be recognized for your academic achievements
  • Access annual scholarship opportunities through Alpha Sigma Lambda’s national office
  • List your membership on graduate school applications or résumé
  • Be part of a community with like-minded adult students

Who can become a member?

  • Membership is open to students who study in Corvallis, OSU-Cascades and online through Ecampus, and who meet the academic criteria listed above.

Will I get to wear an honor cord at graduation?

Will it cost me anything to be a member?

  • At this time, there are no membership fees for joining the OSU chapter. Once you are inducted, you will have access to a free, lifetime membership.

When will students be invited for membership?

  • We plan to send invitations to qualified students at the end of Fall quarter on an annual basis.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Stay up to date by keeping an eye on this page, the ASL Homepage, as well as the Alpha Sigma Lambda semiannual newsletter, The Midnight Oil.

   “Thank you for the invitation to join Alpha Sigma Lambda. I am honored to accept. In researching Alpha Sigma Lambda after receiving your email, I was pleased to find an organization that was for part-time adult students with work and family responsibilities, and I wish to thank those who set up a chapter at OSU.”   

– Bob Hladky, horticulture student