Omega Chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha


Being first can be challenging; being first can be scary; being first can be exciting. Students who are first-generation in their family to go to college are a source of pride and guidance to others. As part of Iowa Wesleyan’s commitment to our first-generation students, we are proud to have the Omega Chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha).

Tri-Alpha is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to support first-generation students in the college classroom through activities and programs. This honor society was developed to recognize first-generation college students and acknowledge the challenges of post-secondary education. The Iowa Wesleyan University Omega Chapter of Tri-Alpha was founded in 2002 and consists of students, faculty, and staff.

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

IW Undergraduate Students: 

  • The student has earned at least 36 credit/semester hours towards a baccalaureate degree.
  • The student has achieved an overall GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Neither of the student’s parents, step-parents, nor legal guardians, completed a bachelor’s degree.

IW Graduate Students:

  • 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)
  • The student has achieved an overall GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in their graduate program

IW Faculty and Staff: 

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

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Alpha Alpha Alpha, don’t hesitate to get in touch with First-Generation Committee Chair Nathan Hough at [email protected] or by calling 319-385-6339. Inductions into the IW Omega Chapter are held annually in the spring semester.