Greek Glossary

​Active ​A fully initiated member of a sorority or fraternity with full chapter privileges and responsibilities.
​Alumna ​A sorority member who has graduated.
​Alumnus ​A fraternity member who has graduated
​Bid ​An invitation to join a sorority or fraternity
​Big Sister or Brother

​An active member assigned to assist and advise a new member/associate member/pledge.

​Chapter ​A membership unit of a national or international sorority or fraternity.
​Continuous Open Bidding (COB) ​COB bids may be extended and accepted at any time during the school year other than formal recruitment. (COB is also called open bidding and informal membership recruitment.)
​Formal Membership Recruitment ​A designated membership recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held by each NPC sorority; membership recruitment is organized and implemented by the Panhellenic Association.
​Fraternity ​Greek letter sisterhood or brotherhood.
​Greeks ​Sorority and fraternity members.
​Initiation ​The time when a pledge or associate is made a full member.
​Intentional Single Preference ​When an individual only lists one sorority/fraternity on her or his Membership Recruitment Acceptance Card.

​A woman whose mother, sister, or in come cases grandmother is an alumna or active member of a sorority.

A man whose father, brother, or in some cases grandfather is an alumnus or active member of a fraternity.

​National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) ​NPC is a conference body, comprised of 26 national women's fraternities, each which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women, undergraduates and alumnae.
​New Member ​An individual who has accepted a sorority/fraternity bid but is not yet an initiated member.
​Panhellenic Association ​The College Panhellenic Association is a cooperative campus organization of collegiate members of NPC sororities.
​Potential Member ​And individual interested in becoming a sorority or fraternity member who is matriculated and eligible to join.
​Philanthropy ​Community service or fundraising effort to promote human welfare.
​Preferential Bidding ​A system used at the conclusion of formal membership recruitment to match sorority/fraternity and potential member preferences.
​Quota ​The number of women that may join an NPC sorority during Formal Recruitment.
​Recommendation/Reference ​A letter or a form written by an alumni member recommending a potential member to a sorority or fraternity.
​Recruitment Guide (RHO GAMMA) ​A Panhellenic representative who has no contact with her own chapter during formal membership recruitment and is available to guide women through the recruitment process and answer questions.
​Recruitment ​An organized activity to meet potential members.
​Sister ​A term used within a women's fraternity when referring to other members.
​Sorority ​A Greek letter sisterhood.