The Upsilon Tau chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduate students who are not generally classified as "traditional" college students. These non-traditional students might be somewhat older than traditional students because they may not have entered college right after high school, they are usually financially independent, that is, they are not dependent upon their parents for financial support, and they are typically juggling family and work obligations while attending college. Alpha Sigma Lambda is the only national honor society dedicated exclusively to the special recognition of these non-traditional students’ academic accomplishments.
Each year, The University of Tampa’s Upsilon Tau chapter invites qualified students to join Alpha Sigma Lambda, and those invited students that accept membership are inducted at a ceremony held during the spring semester. As such, students do not apply to be members of Alpha Sigma Lambda. Only undergraduate students qualify for membership when they:
- Have completed 24 or more credit hours at UT
- Hold a cumulative GPA in UT courses (transfer credits not included) of 3.2 or higher
- Have declared a major
If attending UT
- Part time, he/she must be a "continuing studies" student and enrolled in one of the approved continuing studies majors or the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree
- Full time, he/she must be 25 years of age or older
Students meeting these qualifications will receive their invitation to join the Upsilon Tau chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda via their campus email. Upon accepting membership, student members may enjoy the benefits offered to them by Alpha Sigma Lambda, and they may apply to the Registrar’s office to have their membership included on their co-curricular transcript. Inducted students hold a lifetime membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, and there is no membership fee for student members since the University covers all costs of membership in the society.
The board of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society unanimously accepted UT’s application to the society in the fall of 2011. The University is pleased this nationally recognized credential is available to its high achieving non-traditional students as validation of their hard work and accomplishments. It is just one way that students can demonstrate the pride they have in their academic achievements, and it is one small way UT show its appreciation for their valuable contribution to the its diverse learning community.