If it's "all Greek to you" use this list to help decipher what your student is talking about.
A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and is active at the collegiate level.
Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college.
The pin of an initiated member.
A formal invitation to join a particular fraternity or sorority.
Big Brother or Sister
An active member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a sponsor, advisor and special friend to a new member, guiding him/her through the new member program and initiation.
A term used by fraternity members to refer to one another.
A local group of the larger inter/national organization, designated by a special Greek name.
On off campus social event, generally hosted by Panhellenic sororities. Members and their guests, often dressed in theme, are bussed to an off campus event space.
To terminate one’s fraternity or sorority membership before initiation; those who depledge a fraternity or sorority may not pledge another fraternity or sorority until the next formal recruitment period.
Divine Nine (D9)
Members of the Nation Pan-Hellenic Council, a national organization comprised of four sororities and five fraternities whose membership is historically African-American. Locally these organizations belong to the United Sorority and Fraternity Council.
A social activity with another Greek organization.
The name that applies to all Greek letter organizations characterized by a ritual, pin, and strong ties to friendship and moral principles. Informally, women’s fraternities are called sororities.
Any member of a Greek-letter social or community service organization (sorority or fraternity).
House Director (house mom or house parents)
A person hired by the housing corporation board to live in the chapter house and supervise the day-to-day activities of the live-in members.
The formal ceremony that marks the beginning of active membership. Each chapter has a different set of requirements in order to be initiated.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The governing body of fraternities at the University of Arizona. IFC operates under the affiliation requirements of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
Any member who has completed the new member process and has gone through the initiation ceremony.
The process National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters perform to recruit, interview, choose and educate new members.
Athletic programs initiated by the Rec Center which members from different chapters form teams and participate in sporting matches.
A pendant with a fraternity or sorority’s Greek letters on it. Sorority members usually receive their chapter’s lavaliere at the time of initiation.
The brother or sister, son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter of a fraternity or sorority member. Each local chapter has its own policy regarding legacies. Being a legacy does NOT mean automatic membership into that chapter. Nonetheless, preference is sometimes given to legacies.
The process of mutual selection between a prospective member & active chapter.
NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference)
Governing body for 66 national member men’s fraternities and alumni associations.
NPC (National Panhellenic Conference)
A national organization comprised of 26 member sororities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of women, undergraduates and alumnae.
The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority.
A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated.
New Member Program
A period of learning about fraternity and sorority life prior to initiation. This period varies for all groups.
Means “All Greek.” The Panhellenic Council operates under the direction of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).
A charitable fundraiser or service project sponsored by a fraternity or sorority.
see “New Member.”
See “New Member Program.”
Potential New Member
A college woman or man who is participating in Formal Membership Recruitment.
During the last part of Recruitment, a Potential New Member determines which particular organization he or she is willing to join. For formal membership recruitment, the Potential New Member lists three Panhellenic sororities in order of preference or two IFC fraternities in order of preference..
The specified number of Potential New Members to which each sorority may extend a bid.
A personal letter of reference provided by an alumna of a sorority to the chapter of her sorority on campus. Letters of recommendation do NOT guarantee a bid from any sorority. Some fraternities accept these as well.
A sorority or fraternity member who has disaffiliated from their chapter during formal recruitment. The recruitment counselor or "RC" is specially trained to help Potential New Members and answer any questions they may have about membership.
A term used by sorority members to refer to one another.
A get-together with another group for a party, dinner, or another fun occasion.
USFC (United Sorority & Fraternity Council)
The governing council for the multi-cultural and special interest groups at the University of Arizona.