Terminology

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

 

Greek Alphabet

Α Alpha

Β Beta

Γ Gamma

Δ Delta

Ε Epsilon

Ζ Zeta

Η Eta

Θ Theta

Ι Iota

Κ Kappa

Λ Lambda

Μ Mu

Ν Nu

Ξ Xi

Ο Omicron

Π Pi

Ρ Rho

Σ Sigma

Τ Tau

Υ Upsilon

Φ Phi

Χ Chi

Ψ Psi

Ω Omega