Tri-Alpha Honor Society



Alpha Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Upsilon Chapter

Chartered November 8, 2019

Promoting and celebrating the academic success of first-generation college students.





The Society encourages and rewards academic excellence among first-generation college students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accredited institutions of higher learning.


Students qualify for induction into Tri-Alpha if they meet the following criteria:

  • The student has earned at least 36 credit/semester hours (or 54 quarter hours) towards a baccalaureate degree
  • The student has achieved an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Neither of the student's parents, nor step-parents, nor legal guardians, completed a bachelor's degree
  • Full-time graduate students who are first-generation students can be admitted if they have completed at least one term of study (9 or more graduate credits) and have a GPA in their graduate program of at least 3.0. 

Faculty and staff may be inducted as well. To qualify, they must have met the definition of a first-generation student listed above at the time they completed their bachelor's degree. Faculty and staff must be willing to serve as mentors for first-generation students.

A small number of alumni and honorary inductees may be initiated each year.