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A national honor society for first-generation college students

The UC Santa Barbara Delta Alpha chapter of the Tri-Alpha National Honor Society was founded in 2021 to honor and celebrate the academic achievements of our first-generation college students, graduate students, faculty & staff, and alumni. 

If you are interested in learning more about the UCSB Delta Alpha chapter or would like to get involved as a first-generation graduate student/faculty/staff/alumni, please email


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

  • The student has earned at least 45 quarter hours (UCSB units) towards a baccalaureate degree or 12 quarter hours (UCSB units) for transfer students
  • 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 prior to the student
  • 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

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