Tri-Alpha Honor Society

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A National Honor Society for First-Generation College Students.

Alpha Alpha Alpha, or Tri-Alpha, was founded March 24, 2018 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Over 100 members of the Alpha Chapter were initiated that day, including undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and honorary members. Following the successful induction, the College took steps to incorporate Alpha Alpha Alpha so that chapters could be started on other campuses across the country. Tri-Alpha exists as a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization, for the purposes of supporting the activities of the honors society. (

“At Seattle University, we define first-generation undergraduate and graduate students as students whose parents or guardians have not received a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Some first-generation college students may have siblings who have completed a bachelor’s degree.”

For updated information and contact information, check out the Tri-Alpha ConnectSU page!

Member Qualifications:

  • The student has earned at least 36 credit/semester hours (or 54 quarter hours) towards a baccalaureate degree

  • The undergraduate 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

  • Graduate students who are first-generation students can be admitted if they have completed the equivalent of at least one term of study (9 or more graduate credits) and have a GPA in their graduate program of at least 3.5.


Member Benefits:

  • A certificate and pin signifying membership. Membership is for life.

  • An outward recognition of personal accomplishment and an incentive for continued high scholarship.

  • Identifies you to employers, professionals, and graduate schools as a person of superior academic ability and commitment.

  • Be part of a first-gen academic community.