Greek students in Greek letters.

Greek Glossary

Active: a man or woman who has been formally initiated by his/her fraternity or sorority

Alumnus/Alumnae: an initiated member who has graduated from college or who belongs to the graduate chapter

Associate/New Member/Pledge: a member of a fraternity or sorority not yet initiated

Bid: an invitation for membership for a Greek Letter organization

Brother/Sister: a term used by active members when referring to each other

Call: the sound or saying by which members of some Greek lettered organizations greet their brothers or sisters or announce their location

Chapter: the local collegiate or graduate group of a national fraternity or sorority

Charter: the official document recognizing a chapter's status by the national organization

Colony: status of a new chapter before installation

Fraternity: derived from the Latin word "frater" meaning brother, a fraternity is an organization founded on the ideal of brotherhood

Greek: a term applied to members affiliated with Greek-letter organizations

Initiation: a formal ceremony in which an associate/new member/pledge becomes an active/initiated member

Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC): the governing body of the fraternity system at a single University or College campus

Legacy: a potential member who is the sibling, child, or grandchild of an active member or an alumni member of a Greek organization.

Line: a group of new members in a specific NPHC/NALFO chapter in a specific semester

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): local governing body for multicultural Greek organizations who do not fall under one of the national governing bodies.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): a national organization advocating supporting the rights for 26 (inter) national sororities and women's fraternities

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): the national governing body for the nine historically black sororities and fraternities.

Panhellenic Council (PHC): the governing body of the sorority system at a single University or College Campus

New Member/Pledge Class: a group of new members in a specific NPC chapter in a specific semester

North American Inter-Fraternity Conference (NIC): a national organization advocating supporting the rights for 64 (inter) national fraternities

Potential Member (PNM): a non-Greek man or woman seeking to join a social fraternity/sorority

Recruitment Counselor/ Rho Gamma: a member of an NPC sorority that has disaffiliated from his/her organization during Recruitment Week to assist students interested in joining an NPC organization

Recruitment: designed for NPC membership selection and is a mutual selection process for potential members and chapters

Rush: designed for IFC membership selection and is a mutual selection process for potential members and chapters

Sorority: derived from the Latin word "soror" meaning sister, a sorority is another term for a women's fraternity which is founded on the ideal of sisterhood


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