Frequently Asked Questions: Potential Members

Learn more about our Legacy Policy with these frequently asked questions.

For the past several years, we have seen more than 1,300 legacies participating in formal recruitment each year at 150 chapters. Please read on as the Legacy Policy with which you are most likely familiar has been revised.

As our membership continues to grow and our history continues to extend beyond 164 years of existence, there will be more and more Alpha Delta Pi legacies! While this is a great opportunity for us, the large number of legacies will certainly come with more angst and potentially emotional outcomes. We hope the following frequently asked questions will help all Alpha Delta Pi alumnae better understand our legacy policy.

1. What is a legacy?
Alpha Delta Pi defines a legacy as “a sister, daughter, or granddaughter of an initiated member of Alpha Delta Pi.” Our policy is to give these sisters, daughters, and granddaughters special consideration for membership since the initiation of these women strengthens family ties, giving the chapter increased support.

2. What about “steps?”
Step-sisters, step-daughters, etc. are not legacies. However, a chapter may consider the family relationships involved.

3. What about direct legacies?
Alpha Delta Pi does not differentiate between legacies of different chapters. A legacy is a legacy regardless of which chapter initiated her mother, sister, grandmother, etc. Alpha Delta Pi does not recognize “direct” or “indirect” legacies.

4. Are legacies guaranteed membership in Alpha Delta Pi?
Chapters are expected to give special consideration to legacies. However, not all legacies can be guaranteed bids as many of our chapters have more legacies going through recruitment than quota (available positions in the new member class). No legacy can be released without the approval of the Collegiate Province Director. No third generation or higher legacy can be released without the approval of the District Team Director.

Please note: Chapters are no longer required to contact alumnae submitting the forms.

5. What is a third generation legacy?
A generation constitutes a single step in the line of descent from ancestors.

Example: A potential member whose mother and grandmother are ADPi alumnae is a third generation legacy. So is a potential member who is the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of an ADPi. A potential member whose mother and a sister are ADPi members is a second generation legacy not a third because she and her sister are of the same generation.

6. Do I need to submit a Legacy Introduction Form?
One of the privileges of membership is the right to submit a Potential Member Profile to Alpha Delta Pi chapters to introduce a potential member to the chapter. The Legacy Introduction Form allows a member the opportunity to notify a chapter that a legacy is participating in the recruitment process.


  • Forms available in the Summer Adelphean
  • Forms also available online

Chapters rely on these forms to know who is participating in recruitment. Please submit these forms before recruitment begins! Hopefully, you will receive an acknowledgement from the chapter, but that is no longer a requirement.

7. How does Alpha Delta Pi enforce this policy?
All Alpha Delta Pi chapters must follow our legacy policy. Advisors and International Officers monitor compliance of this policy. Chapters which pledge more than 50% of the legacies in recruitment are recognized each year with an award. Legacies are important to Alpha Delta Pi—that sentiment has certainly not changed. What has changed is the number of legacies that go through recruitment every year and the level of accomplishment our young women are achieving before entering college. Like much of life, recruitment is increasingly competitive.

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