Greek Terminology

The Greek Dictionary

Active: A sorority woman who has been formally initiated by her chapter.  

Alumna: An initiated sorority member who is no longer in college but can provide recommendations for her sorority.  

Bid: A formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity issued by chapter.  

Chapter: A local group of a national organization, designated by its own Greek letter name. Chapter meetings are when the members join together to conduct official fraternity/sorority business.  

Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC): The governing body of the 10 women’s fraternities on the Tech Campus; 8 are from the NPC umbrella and 2 are Associate Member Organizations. 

Continuous Open Bidding (COB): An opportunity outside of Primary Recruitment for CPC chapters who are not at total to extend bids to PNMs. This term is not interchangeable with ‘snap bid’ as that has a different meaning.  

House Director/Mother: Someone who lives in the fraternity/sorority house and cares for all of the members living in the chapter house. They can help plans meals and manage the day to day functions for the the houses. Not every house has one and any that do are not employed by Georgia Tech. 

Interfraternity Council (IFC): an umbrella organization that presides over 32 men’s fraternities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek letter society of college men, undergraduate and alumni.  

Initiation: The formal ceremony which brings new members into full membership of a sorority or fraternity.  

Intake: The process NPHC/MGC chapters perform to recruit, interview, choose, and educate new members. 

Intentional Single Preference: When a PNM attends more than one Pref Round event but only lists one choice on her Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement. This is strongly discouraged as your chances of joining are severely limited. 

Lavalier: A necklace with Greek letters attached to it. Sorority members usually receive their sorority’s lavalier at the time of joining or after initiation.  

Legacy: A PNM whose parent, brother/ sister, or grandparent was a member of a fraternity or sorority. Legacy stipulations differ for each sorority and fraternity and do not guarantee membership. 

Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA): Also known as a Pref Card, each PNM completes an MRABA after Pref Round to state her membership preferences. The PNM ranks the sororities she visited during preference round and signs it to state she will accept a bid from any sorority she lists. This is a binding agreement. 

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): An umbrella organization for Tech’s 7 multicultural Greek-letter organizations, 3 sororities and 4 fraternities. 

Mismatch: When a PNM’s name fails to match any of her sorority preferences. 

New Member: One who has been accepted as a member of a sorority or fraternity. After a period of education about the sorority/fraternity, she/he may be initiated.  

New Member Educator: The individual who is the liaison between the new members and the chapter. This individual is responsible for implementing and monitoring the new member program and preparing the new members for initiation. 

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): a conference body/umbrella term, composed of all 26 members of women’s fraternities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek letter society of college women, undergraduate and alumnae. Tech has 8 of the 26 represented and our council is known as the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC). 

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): a national council body composed of the nine historically, predominantly African American Greek letter organizations at both the college and alumni level. Tech has seven of the nine represented on campus. 

Neo/Neophyte: term used by NPHC/MGC organizations; similar to “New Member.” 

Panhellenic Exec: The members of Panhellenic Exec lead the Tech Collegiate Panhellenic Council. They are sorority members who have disaffiliated during Recruitment to oversee the process. Look for members of Panhellenic Exec throughout recruitment! 

Potential New Member (PNM): A woman who is participating in the Recruitment process and wishes to explore the possibilities of sorority membership. 

Probate: a new member presentation where the newest members of NPHC/MGC chapters present history, reveal who they are and often step or stroll.  

Prophyte: term used by NPHC/MGC chapters to refer to an older brother/sister who has had a line cross below them.  

Quota: The number of women that a sorority may pledge/extend a bid to during Recruitment. 

Recommendation: A letter written by a sorority alumna introducing and recommending a Potential New Member for membership into her sorority. Also referred to as a rec or reference. These are supplemental documents for the CPC recruitment process and not required!  

Recruitment: A function whereby undergraduates interested in a sorority or fraternity meet with the members, learn more about the organization and join a organization. Primary Recruitment is a term often used by sorority members to designate the formal recruitment process that takes place in the fall semester. 

Recruitment Counselor (RC): A sorority member who has disaffiliated during Recruitment to assist Potential New Members. She will be assigned a group of PNMs to help guide them through the process of primary recruitment. Any RC can be used by a PNM for assistance throughout recruitment.  

Rush: Frequently used by IFC during the fall/spring semesters to designate the recruitment period of new members. 

Ritual: the traditions of fraternities and sororities which are usually known only to initiated members. 

Stepping/Strolling: Historically black traditions characterized by synchronized hand and foot movements, along with singing, dancing, clapping, and chants. Some MGC chapters have adopted this tradition as well.