Message to Parents

Dear Parent,

As my parents often told me, children develop and mature socially as well as intellectually during their college years. However, it is mainly their activities outside of the classroom that provide the framework and structure for their preparation and progression into mature adult life. Personally, Alpha Delta Phi was the haven in which I gained new experiences, learned to solve academic and social problems and enjoyed the finer aspects of college life, including meeting a group of like-minded and supportive brothers and sisters.

The rich and dynamic history of Alpha Delta Phi Society life is a vibrant and unique part of each Chapter’s university tradition.

Joining: All recruitment events for fraternities and sororities at Alpha Delta Phi Society are alcohol free (dry). Students who choose to participate in recruitment activities are under no obligation to join the fraternity and sorority system. At the end of the recruitment period, the chapters extend formal written invitations (bids). If a student chooses to accept the bid, then he/she is affiliated with that chapter. Once a student decides to accept a bid from a chapter, he or she is oriented through meetings, philanthropic service, social events, and study sessions. New member education is designed to be informative and fun, because physical and mental hazing is not tolerated by Alpha Delta Phi Society.

Benefits: Following graduation, fraternity-and sorority-affiliated alumni have higher average incomes than not affiliated alumni. Students who join fraternities and sororities are 28% more likely to return to school the following year than students who choose not to join a fraternity or sorority. Affiliated alumni are more likely to donate money to their Alma Mater, participate in civic activities like the PTA or Rotary, and are more likely to be satisfied with their undergraduate years than non-affiliated alumni.

Academics: Alpha Delta Phi Society fraternities and sororities can help your son or daughter succeed academically! Many Alpha Delta Phi Society chapters have academic requirements that a student who wishes to join must be in good academic standing. Most chapters help their members achieve higher grades through study hours and by using each other as a resource. All of our chapters and the national organization recognize and reward members’ excellence in literary pursuits.

Leadership: All Alpha Delta Phi Society chapters are working examples of democracy in action. This is often the first time that members are responsible for their own activities and living within their means. This provides an excellent opportunity to experience leadership and the responsibilities of membership.

Housing: Housing opportunities vary from organization to organization. Some groups live in on-campus residence halls, others in houses owned and operated by the chapters themselves.

Social Life: Members organize social functions including theme parties, picnics and barbecues, alumni dinners, formals and trips to area attractions. Any event with alcohol must be registered with the supervising university and local policies must be followed. There are also student-led walk-throughs to ensure that regulations are enforced.

Society life, however, is not for everyone. We encourage you to talk to your son or daughter to understand their needs and better support their decision. If they join, we hope that you will view the choice as a positive aspect of your student’s college experience.


Celina Kelly
Graduate Governor of Alpha Delta Phi Society