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: 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 nine fraternities. They provide governance, programming, resources, leadership development opportunities for their membership and coordinates fraternity recruitment.

Inter/National Organization: A fraternal 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): 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): 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 six 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 fraternity or sorority 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