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Greek Life

Greek Terminology

Active A fully initiated member who is currently enrolled in college.

Alumni/Alumnae An initiated member who is a college graduate.

Bid A formal invitation to join a chapter.

Badge The pin of an initiated member.

Big Brother/Sister An active member of a fraternity/sorority who serves as a sponsor, advisor, and special friend to a new member, guiding them through their new member program and initiation.

Brother A term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.

Chapter The local group of a national fraternity/sorority.

Formal Recruitment The period set aside for structured/formal recruitment.

Fraternity/Sorority A Greek letter organization characterized by a ritual, pin, and strong tie to friendship and moral principles.

Greek Any member of a fraternity/sorority.

Hazing Can be mental or physical; is strictly forbidden by Florida law and University policies.

Initiation The traditional ritual that brings men/women into full membership.

Intake The process NPHC chapters perform to recruit, interview, and choose new members.

IFC Interfraternity Council; The governing body of all fraternities.

Lavaliere A pendant with a fraternity’s/sorority’s Greek letters on it.

Line The new member class of a historically African-American fraternity/sorority.

Legacy A potential new member whose grandparent, parent, and/or sibling is an alumnus or active member of a fraternity/sorority.

National Headquarters The central organization of a particular fraternity/sorority.

NIC North-American Interfraternity Council; Governing body for 66 national men’s fraternities.

NPC National Panhellenic Conference; A national organization composed of 26 member sororities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of women, undergraduate and alumnae.

NPHC National Pan-Hellenic Council; A
National organization composed of 4 sororities and 5 fraternities whose membership is historically African-American and the local governing board for member chapters.

New Member/Pledge A person who has accepted an invitation to join a chapter and has not yet been initiated.

Panhellenic Council The governing body of all NPC sororities.


A charitable fundraiser or service project sponsored by many Greek organizations.

Potential New Member A student interested in joining a fraternity/sorority.

Preference During the last part of fraternity/sorority recruitment, a potential new member determines which fraternity/sorority he or she is interested in joining. For Panhellenic, the potential new member is able to list three sororities in her preference order.

Recruitment (Rush) The process used by fraternities/sororities to select new members.

Rho Chi Recruitment Counselor; A sorority member who has disaffiliated from her chapter during formal recruitment. She is especially trained to help potential new members and answer any questions they may have about sorority membership.

Ritual The traditional secret ceremony of a fraternity/sorority.

Rush Marshal A fraternity man present to assist potential new members during rush.

Sister A term used by sorority members to refer to one another.

Soror The term used by members of historically African-American sororities to refer to one another.