What is a “legacy”?

A Theta legacy is a daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, or sister of an initiated member. Step-relatives will be considered as legacies at the discretion of the Theta member.

Please notify the Houston Recruitment Board Chair at of any legacies considering participation in recruitment.

Recruitment Forms

Coronavirus Update

In light of our current circumstances, please make every effort to submit your RIFs ONLINE.  The deadline remains May 1, 2020.  Thank you!

2020-2021 Recruitment Instructions

Writing a Letter of Reference or Letter of Support for a potential new member? We’ve put together detailed instructions on how to ensure you send it to the right people for both your benefit and hers!

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How to Write a Letter of Reference

Kappa Alpha Theta appreciates the efforts of its members who recommend outstanding young women for membership. The process of identifying qualified potential new members (PNMs) is a responsibility and a privilege that is shared by collegians and alumnae. Therefore, both are welcomed and encouraged to write a recruitment information letter (also known as a RIF) for qualified PNMs.

Am I eligible to write a letter of reference?

You may complete a letter of reference (RIF) if you are an alumna member of the Fraternity in good standing, or an initiated active or inactive college member of a chapter different than the one that a potential new member (PNM) is seeking to join.

What is a Recruitment Reference Board (RRB)?

Recruitment reference boards (RRBs) are committees of alumnae chapter members who assist in the process of submitting reference forms for those who wish to recommend a young woman to be a Theta. References may be handwritten or submitted online, with a copy sent to the local RRB Chairman. By sending the reference forms to the RRB, the committee is able to identify PNMs who meet the qualifications for Fraternity membership.

The RRB Chairman chairs all meetings, where references are evaluated to ensure that they are complete and accurate. The RRB then sends all references to the appropriate college chapter. This process is in the best interest of the PNM because it is the best way to make sure that the submissions are complete.

If a PNM resides in an area that does not have a local RRB, she may still secure a letter of reference written by a Theta in good standing. The reference writer may then send the reference and all other required information directly to the membership advisor at the college chapter. This process can also be completed online at