Alpha Delta Pi holds the distinction of being the first secret society for women and the mother of today’s sorority system. We were founded on May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan College, with the principles of scholarship, leadership, service to others and sisterhood. These principles still guide the policies and programs of our sorority today.


The Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Pi was established at the University of South Carolina in 1928.

Our Founders

Alpha Delta Pi's founders were Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald, Ella Pierce Turner, Octavia Andrew Rush, Mary Evans Glass, Sophronia Woodruff Dews, and Elizabeth Williams Mitchell. Within two weeks of the founding of the Adelphean Society by these six ladies, they were joined by 13 others to form the first chapter of the Adelphean Society.  These women paved the way for all other sororities and millions of other sorority women across the world.