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Alpha Delta Sigma (ADS), a national honor society sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement in advertising studies.

The organization dates back to 1913 when the fraternity was founded at the University of Missouri. In 1969, ADS merged with Gamma Alpha Chi, a similar organization for women. Later, in 1973, ADS joined with the American Advertising Federation. ADS is the only national, professional advertising honorary society in American higher education. Each year hundreds of students from AAF college chapters are nominated and inducted into Alpha Delta Sigma.

To be eligible, a nominee must

  • be a dues-paying member of an AAF college chapter, have achieved senior status on or before the nomination due date and have completed at least two senior- or junior-level advertising courses, and
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in all advertising studies and all other courses.

Graduate students must also be members of an AAF chapter and have completed at least two-thirds of their graduate-level coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale).

For more information contact the chapter advisor, Prof. Lori Smith at

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