Active/Initiated member - a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority
Associate/Pledge/Candidate/New Member - a non-initiated member of a fraternity or sorority that utilizes a new member program
Bid - an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority
Big Brother/Big Sister, Little Brother/Little Sister - many chapters utilize a Big Brother/Big Sister program where an older member serves a mentor to a younger member. The younger member may refer to their mentor as their Big Brother/Big Sister
Brother - a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other
Chapter - refers to an individual fraternity or sorority locally on a campus
Fraternity - a Greek organization for men
Greek - a member of a fraternity or sorority
Initiation - a ceremony that brings a member to full membership
Interfraternity Council (IFC) - the governing council for eleven fraternities. They provide governance, programming, resources, leadership development opportunities for their membership and coordinates fraternity recruitment
Inter/National Organization - a Greek organization that is on campuses nation-wide or in other countries
Legacy - a perspective member of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization
National Assocation of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) - is an umbrella council for 16 Latino Greek Letter Organizations established in 1998. The purpose of NALFO is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) - is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. The nine NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Divine Nine”.
Membership Intake - collective term for the process of pursuing membership in a National Pan-Hellenic Council or National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations fraternity or sorority. Each organization will have a more specific term to refer to their individual process
Panhellenic Council (PC) - the governing council for the seven Panhellenic sororities. They provide governance, programming, resources, leadership development opportunities for their membership and coordinates Panhellenic fall formal recruitment.
Potential New Member - a person interested in a being a member of a Greek organization
Ritual - the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live which is oftentimes depicted in organizational ceremonies
Recruitment - the activity by which chapters seek new members
Sister - a term used by sorority members when referring to each other
Sorority - a Greek organization for women