Glossary of Terms
An undergraduate fraternity or sorority member who has been initiated by their chapter.
A non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program.
A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
A term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.
The name applied to the local organization of a national fraternity or sorority.
A Greek organization for men.
A member of a fraternity or sorority.
The formal ceremony that brings a new member into full membership.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The coordinating body of fraternities.
A person who is the son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandson or granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.
A person who has accepted a bid, but is not yet an initiated member.
New Member Education
The period of time during which a candidate or new member is educated about the chapter and learns about becoming a full member.
Panhellenic Council (PHC)
The governing body of sororities.
Potential New Member
Any person interested in becoming a member of the Greek community who is eligible to join according to IFC's or PHC's rules.
The fraternity or sorority member's pin/badge of membership.
A written recommendation for a potential new member from an alum of a sorority.
The traditional ceremonies of each chapter.
The activity by which chapters seek new members.
A term used by sorority members when referring to each other.
A Greek organization for women.