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Greek Life Terminology

The following is a list of common terms used in Greek Life. 


  • Active - An initiated man who is a college student. 
  • Alumnus - A fraternity member who has graduated or left college (plural: Alumni).
  • Badge - The pin of an initiated member.
  • Bid - A formal invitation to join a Greek organization.
  • Brother - A term used by fraternity men in reference to one another.
  • Chapter - The local group of an international organization.
  • Chapter Advisor - an alumnus who  serves as a teacher, counselor, and friend.
  • Colony - A newly organized group working to become a chartered chapter.
  • Community Service - Hands-on activities directly benefiting others.
  • De-pledge - the end of an associate member's relationship with a fraternity.
  • Dry Rush/Recruitment - The practice of not serving alcoholic beverages at any rush/recruitment function.
  • Faculty Advisor - A member of the faculty or administration who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter and its scholarship program. The Faculty Advisor is not necessarily an initiate of the particular organization.
  • Faculty Initiate - A member of the faculty or governing board of a college or university who is initiated into full membership of an organization.
  • Formal - A dance and dinner that organizations sponsor for their members.
  • Formal Rush - The period of time set aside for structured recruitment.
  • Fraternity - The name that applies to male chapters and is characterized by a ritual, a pin, and a strong bond of friendship.
  • Fraternal Information and Programming Group (F.I.P.G.) - A group of national/international fraternities which have grouped together to form a uniform risk management policy in order to obtain adequate liability insurance.
  • Initiation - A formal ceremony during which a man begins full membership in an organization.
  • Interfraternity Council (IFC) - The representative body of all men's fraternities.
  • Legacy - A rushee whose grandfather, father, brother is a member of a particular organization.
  • North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) - The international organization composed of over 75 men's fraternities.
  • New Member - a member of a fraternity who has not been initiated (also called associate member or pledge).
  • New Member Period - The time during which new members learn about their organization, its members, and their activities.
  • Philanthropy - Endeavors raising money for charitable organizations.
  • Potential New Member - A man who is going through the rush/recruitment process.
  • Ritual - A value-based esoteric ceremony that is traditional of a chapter. Rituals are kept secret.
  • Rush/Recruitment - An organized activity to meet potential members.