Active: an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.
Alumnus: An initiated member of a Fraternity who is no longer in college.
Bid: An invitation to become a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Brother: A term used by members of a fraternity when referring to one another.
Chapter: a term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity and sorority.
Dry Recruitment: The prohibition of alcohol at any chapter event where those seeking to join are or may potentially be present
Formal Recruitment: The predetermined time span for IFC, Panhellenic and a few MGC organizations recruitment process which occurs each semester.
Fraternity: A Greek-lettered fellowship of men fostering the common ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.
Greek: a member of a fraternity or sorority
IFC: The governing body of local chapters mostly from the North-American Interfraternity Conference member fraternities.
Informal Recruitment: A method by which fraternities and sororities individually determine when they will extend bids to potential members.
Initiation: a traditional, secret ceremony which brings an individual into full membership.
Intake: the process by which prospective members join an NPHC or MGC organization
Legacy: a potential/new member whose grandparent, parent or brother/sister is a member of a Fraternity/Sorority.
Line Brother/Sister: a member that was inducted into an NPHC/MGC fraternity/sorority together.
MGC: the local governing body of the local chapters in the Multicultural Greek Council.
National Board/Headquarters: The governing body and staff of each international fraternity or sorority.
Neophyte: Newest members of an NPHC/MGC fraternity or sorority
New (or Associate) Member: a person who has accepted a bid from an IFC fraternity or a Panhellenic sorority. Some organizations may refer to them as pledges.
New Member Class: All potential members of a chapter who accept their bids to join the fraternity/sorority in the same semester.
NPHC: The governing body of the local chapters of the National Pan-Hellenic Council member organizations.
Panhellenic: The governing body of the local chapters of the National Panhellenic Conference member organizations.
Philanthropy: a cause devoted to raising money/awareness for national charities/organization that has a personal meaning to the organization itself.
PNM (Potential New Member): a person who has shown interest but not yet been offered or accepted a bid into a fraternity/sorority.
Prophyte: An older brother or sister in a fraternity or sorority who generally took part in the initiation of the organization's new members. This term is mostly used by MGC and NPHC organizations.
Recruitment Counselor/ Pi Chi: an upper-class member of a Panhellenic sorority, chosen and trained to assist PNMs with recruitment
Ritual: secret and inspirational ceremonies that are used to educate members about the importance and values of the organization.
Recruitment: the time when fraternities and sororities sponsor activities seeking PNMs and PNMs seek fraternal membership.
Sister: a term used by members of a sorority when referring to one another.
Sorority: A Greek-lettered fellowship of woman fostering the common ideals of sisterhood, scholarship and service.
Unaffilitiated: a student not in a fraternity or sorority.