First. Alpha Delta Pi holds the distinction of being the first secret society in the world for college women! We were founded May 15, 1851, at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia. The original name of the sorority was the “Adelphean Society.” The word “Adelphean” is derived from the Greek word meaning sister.
Finest. ADPis are bright, fun and lovely young women who share the strong bond of sisterhood. The qualifications for membership have remained the same throughout the years: scholarship, high principles, and true friendship. Here at the University of Kansas, we uphold these fine characteristics that make an ADPi sister so special.
Forever. The principles established by our founders in 1851 are enduring standards exemplifying the highest ideals of Christian womanhood. Our creed states that Alpha Delta Pi is more than a ritual and more than a symbol, that it is a way of life. Alpha Delta Pi is something you are, not something you become. What Alpha Delta Pi represents at the University of Kansas, and what we symbolize throughout North American chapters since 1851, will keep us the first and finest…forever.
Tau Chapter. On May 15, 1912, the University of Kansas gained its fifth sorority with the founding of Tau Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. The addition of Alpha Delta Pi resulted from an extension program and eleven women were initiated as charter members. Alpha Delta Pi members at the University of Kansas have enjoyed residence in five different chapter houses. The current chapter house was built in 1953, and a new addition was added in 1981. The Tau Chapter holds a legacy of excellence within Alpha Delta Pi, having received the Diamond Four Point Award each year since 1973. Tau also frequently earns the Panhellenic, Scholarship, Total Membership Education, Legacy, Programming and the Harris Financial Awards. For its continuous efforts toward improvement, Tau Chapter has received the Golden Lion on six occasions.