Greek Life Terminology


Active – a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.
Alumnus – an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who is no longer in college.
Associate – a non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program.
Badge – The badge of an initiated member is received during the initiation ceremony and worn in a designated location.
Bid – an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
Brother – a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.
Chapter – refers to an individual fraternity or sorority.
Fraternity – a Greek organization for men.
Function – a social gathering for two or more fraternities or sororities.
Greek – a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Initiation – the traditional ritual that brings a new member to full membership.
Inter-/ national – a term referring to the central office of a given fraternity or sorority.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) – the coordinating body of fraternities.
Legacy – a rushee of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.
National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) – a conference composed of 62 member fraternities.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) a conference composed of 26 member women’s fraternities.
National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC) – a conference of nine historically Black member men’s and women’s fraternities and the coordinating body of the historically Black Greek-letter organizations at SEMO.
Order of Omega – honor society reserved for fraternity members who are juniors and seniors who are initiated members of a fraternity or sorority and have attained a high standard of leadership and scholarship within the fraternity and sorority community.
Panhellenic Council (PHC) – the coordinating body of sororities.
Potential New Member – a person interested in being a member of a chapter.
REC – a written recommendation for a rushee from an alumna(e) of a sorority.
Recruitment – the activity by which chapters seek new members.