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Glossary of Greek Terms


Active - a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.

Associate - a non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program.

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.

North American 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 GC.

College Panhellenic Council (CPC) - 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.

Ritual - the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live; usually depicted in traditional 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.

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