Greek Glossary

ACTIVE: an undergraduate who has been initiated into life-long membership.

ALUMNI: Greek members who are college graduates.

ALUMNA: a sorority member who is no longer in college; plural is alumnae.

CITY PANHELLENIC: the cooperative community organization of alumnae members of NPC sororities.

BID: an invitation to a potential member to join a sorority or fraternity. No bid (written or oral) may be extended during formal recruitment except through Panhellenic/Interfraternity Council.  A bid issued in any other manner is not binding and is considered illegal.

BID LIST: used in bid matching to coordinate sorority and fraternity and potential member preferences.

CALL: a yell used mostly by NPHC organizations. Used to identify and greet brothers and sisters.

CHAPTER: the name applied to the local organization of a national fraternity or sorority.

COLLEGE PANHELLENIC: the cooperative campus organization of collegiate members of NPC sororities.

CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: also called informal recruitment; a time, other than formal recruitment, when bids may be extended and accepted.

EVENT/ROUND: a structured recruitment event, usually repeated several times during formal recruitment.

EXCHANGE: a social activity involving two or more Greek organizations.

FORMAL RECRUITMENT: a designated membership recruitment time period during which a series of organized activities are held by each sorority, fraternity, or governed by Panhellenic/IFC.

FRAT: NPHC term used to refer to one’s fraternity or a fraternity brother.

IFC: Interfraternity Council- the governing body of the fraternity system.

INTAKE: the period of training before initiation when NPHC new members learn the history and traditions of the organization.

INTEREST MEETING: meeting for prospective members to receive information about and meet members of an NPHC organization.

INITIATION: a ritual ceremony through which new members learn the full meaning of their Greek organization.

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

LINE: (also referred to as “Ship”): a group of new members in a specific NPHC chapter, in a specific semester.

MEMBERSHIP SELECTION: the right of each sorority and fraternity to select their own members.

NEOPHYTE: new member of an NPHC organization; also called a “Neo”.

NEW/ASSOCIATE MEMBER: a student who has accepted the bid or invitation for membership of a Greek organization but has not been initiated.

NIC: North-American Interfraternity Conference- a national confederation of 64 men’s fraternities.

NPC: National Panhellenic Conferencethe conference body of the 26 women’s sororities established in 1902 to support the collegiate and alumnae chapters of the NPC member groups.

NPHC: National Pan-Hellenic Council- the national governing body for the nine historically African-American sororities and fraternities.

POTENTIAL MEMBER: a student who is interested in becoming a member of a Greek organization and has registered for the formal recruitment process.

PREFERENCE: the final round of formal recruitment events.

PROBATE SHOW: event where newly initiated members of an NPHC group perform step routines and reveal themselves to the public after their intake period.

PROPHYTE: an older member of an NPHC organization.

QUOTA: the number of women each NPC sorority may pledge during formal recruitment (number varies each year).

RECOMMENDATION: a letter written by alumnae members of sororities recommending a potential member for membership.

RECRUITMENT COUNSELOR: a collegiate Panhellenic representative who is not in contact with her own chapter during recruitment and is available to guide potential new members through the recruitment process, also called Gamma Chi.

REGRET: declining an NPC invitation by a potential new member.

RELEASE: the term used by a PM to not accept an invitation by a sorority or by the sorority when a PM has not been invited. Being “released” completely from recruitment ideally means a PM no longer has invitations to sorority events.

RHO ALPHA: IFC undergraduate Recruitment Advisor for male potential new members.

SILENCE: the period of time during the formal recruitment process when there is no communication between NPC or IFC potential members and sorority/fraternity members.

SINGLE INTENTIONAL PREFERENCE: when a potential member only lists one NPC sorority on her preference card when she has several options.

SOROR: NPHC term referring to one’s sorority sister.

STEPPING/STEP SHOW: a tradition of NPHC organizations where routines are performed.