A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level.


Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college.


The pin of an initiated member.


A formal invitation to membership in a particular fraternity or sorority.

Big Brother or Sister

An active member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a mentor to a new member, guiding him or her through the new member program and initiation.


A term used by fraternity members to refer to one another.


Audible sounds used by members to acknowledge or gain the attention of other members. Calls may vary regionally within organizations, and some organizations may use more than one call.


A local group of the larger (inter)national organization, designated by a special Greek name.


The same as being initiated. The term means different things to different groups, but generally means crossing over from being a pledge to being a full member. Most groups record this time to the second. Term also refers to "Crossing the Burning Sands."


The membership educator, short for Dean Of Pledges, is an old term that the groups still use. ADOP/ADP would be the assistant dean.


Term used to refer to an active member (ie. someone paying dues).

Executive Office

The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority. Often referred to as National Headquarters, International Headquarters, or just Nationals.


A term used to refer to another member of their fraternity. Sometimes they will refer to someone as simply Frat.


The name that applies to all Greek organizations characterized by a ritual, badge and strong ties to friendship and moral principles. Informally, women's fraternities are called sororities.

Grad/Alumni Chapter

The graduate chapter of NPHC or Multicultural organization. Usually the local grad chapter oversees the operations of the undergraduate chapter.


Any member of a Greek-letter organization.

Hand sign

Used to identify members of the same organization. Most have a deep meaning to that organization or ritualistic symbol.


Recruitment event for culturally based groups.

Initiated Member

Any member who has completed the new member process and has gone through the initiation ceremony.


The formal ceremony that marks the beginning of active membership. Each chapter has a different set of requirements in order to be initiated.


The process chapters conduct to recruit, interview, choose, and educate new members.


Title of a potential new member who the group knows is interested. Sometimes these students will band together and form an interest group.


A pendant with a fraternity or sorority's Greek letters on it.


The brother or sister, son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter of a fraternity or sorority member. Each (inter)national organization has its own policy regarding legacies.

Line Name

The name given to a pledge class. Some groups number their lines by Greek Letters (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.) but may have a descriptive name as well that is specific to characteristics of the group.


The members of a cultural Greek organization new member class.

Membership Recruitment

The mutual selection process that prospective members and chapter members go through during the recruitment period to get to know one another.

National Association of Latin Fraternal Organizations (NALFO)

The representative body governing historically Latino/Latina Greek Letter organizations.

Neophyte (aka "Neo")

A new member of a cultural Greek organization.

New Member Presentation (aka Rollout, Probate)

A formal presentation of a new line to campus. Usually done in a public forum after members have been initiated.

New Member Program

A period of learning about fraternity and sorority life prior to initiation. This period varies for all groups.

New Member Release

To end one's fraternity or sorority membership before initiation.

New Member

A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated.

NPC (National Panhellenic Conference)

The umbrella organization for 26 women's fraternities. NPC supports its chapters by promoting values, education, leadership, friendship, cooperation, and citizenship.

NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council)

A national organization composed of four sororities and five fraternities whose membership is historically African-American.


The number you are assigned based on the chronological order you are in on your initiation line (often members of other culturally based organizations identify or relate to one another by distinguishing that they are the "same" number).

Para (aka "Nalia")

Short for paraphernalia. The different items of Greek clothing or items someone is wearing.


A charitable fundraiser or service project sponsored by a fraternity or sorority.


A ritual ceremony that designates the start of a new member process.

Potential New Member (PNM)

A college student who is interested in joining a Greek Organization and is taking part in the recruitment process.


During the last part of Panhellenic sorority recruitment, a potential new member determines which particular sorority she is willing to join. The potential new member lists two sororities in her order of preference.


Term used to refer to an older brother/sister from your chapter.


The specified number of potential new members to which each sorority may extend a bid.

Recruitment Specialist

A Panhellenic sorority member who assists and supports potential new members during the recruitment process. Recruitment Specialist are trained to help potential new members and answer any questions they may have about sorority membership.

Sands (aka Parallel)

A member of your organization or another culturally based organization that was initiated at the same time you were.


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


A get-together event with another Greek organization.


Term used to refer to a sister in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.


A historically black tradition characterized by synchronized hand foot movements, along with singing, dancing, chanting, and acting. Many Latino/Latina and Multicultural groups participate in stepping as well.

Stroll (aka Party Walk, Party Hop)

A line dance done by members of cultural Greek organizations; usually done at a party or step show.


The large necklace worn with large Greek letters on them. Similar to a lavaliere but much larger and often made out of wood.


Total is the allowable chapter size, including both new and initiated members, as determined by the Panhellenic Council.


The term used to refer to the particular campus or university a chapter is at.