Glossary of Greek Life Terms
Active - a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.
Alumni/Alumnus - An initiated member of a sorority or fraternity who is no longer in college but is a lifelong member of the organization.
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 - a fraternal group at an individual campus of the larger inter/national organization, designated by a special name.
Colony - a newly-formed group of members who have the intent of being chartered as a chapter by meeting inter/national headquarters standards.
Fraternity - a Greek organization for men.
Go Greek Week - The week before Recruitment Week, held once a semester. This week is a values based week demonstrating at-large what the values of Greeks on campus uphold; anti-hazing pledge, social, service, philanthropic, brotherhood/sisterhood, and scholarship.
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.Interest - a person who is seeking membership in an MGC or NPHC organization.
Legacy - a rushee of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.
Local - an organization that contributes to the tradition and history of UNH. This organization is only found at this campus.
Member - a fully initiated, lifelong fraternity or sorority member who is active at the collegiate level.
Membership intake - the process for culturally-based fraternities or sororities to bring in new members.
New Member - a person who has accepted a bid to join an IFC fraternity or a Panhellenic sorority.
Potential New Member (PNM) - an undergraduate college woman who is participating in the Panhellenic recruitment process.
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.