Sorority Lingo

Active – A fully initiated member from a fraternity/sorority.

Alumna – A member of a women’s fraternal organization who is no longer an undergraduate. Plural: Alumnae.

Bid – A formal invitation of membership in a fraternity or sorority.

Chapter – The individual campus units that are part of an inter/national organization.

Dues – The monetary costs of membership in a fraternity or sorority. These fees are used to cover the costs of operation, formal events, social activities, and other events, depending on the organization.

Legacy – Each organization has its own definition of a "legacy." It is generally defined as an immediate family member of an initiated member, such as a sister or daughter. Some sororities recognize extended family members as legacies as well.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) – An organization composed of 26 inter/national Greek-letter women’s sororities. Each member organization is an autonomous social group consisting of women who are college and university undergraduates and alumnae. The National Panhellenic Conference was established to assist collegiate and alumnae chapters of the NPC member organizations to cooperate with colleges and universities and foster interfraternal relationships.

New Member – A person who has accepted a bid but is not yet initiated to a sorority or fraternity.

Philanthropy – A community service project held by a fraternity, sorority, or both. 

Potential New Member – A person who is interested in joining a Greek-letter organization, and will participate in intake or recruitment; often abbreviated to PNM.

Recruitment Counsellor (RC) – 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.