Glossary of Greek Life Terms

ACTIVE MEMBER (often referred to as BROTHER, SISTERS, or SIBLINGS):Refers to a member who has gone through a new-member process and has been initiated, through a ritual, into the chapter.

ALUMNI (or GRADUATE member): An initiated member who has been graduated. Some organizations confer alumni status after an initiate has been an active member for four or more years.

ASIAN GREEK COUNCIL (AGC): The Council serves as the governing body, which carries on a tradition of serving Asian American students and the community.

ASPIRANT/NEW MEMBER (Some organizations use other terms such as PLEDGE, ASSOCIATE, CANDIDATE, OR LINE BROTHER/SISTER): One who has been accepted as a probationary member of a sorority or fraternity but has not yet been initiated. Collectively, the New Members who join the same semester are called the NEW MEMBER CLASS OR the same LINE.

ASPIRANT/NEW MEMBER EDUCATION PROCESS: The time period in which candidates for active membership (or new members) learn about the organization and participate in brotherhood/sisterhood activities.

BID:An invitation from a chapter to join the organization.

BID MATCHING: In the conclusion of the fall recruitment process for Panhellenic Council, each potential new member submits a prioritized choice of sororities they would like to join and each sorority submits a prioritized list of women to whom they are interested in offering a bid. A computerized matching process is used to determine which sorority each participant will be invited to join. Every potential new member may not receive a bid to her favorite chapter since the Panhellenic Council sororities have a maximum number of bids (quota) that they can offer.

BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER/BIG SIBLING: An active member assigned to be the personal mentor for a new member.

CHAPTER: A campus specific group of a regional/national/international organization.

CHAPTER ADVISOR: An alumnus/alumnae or faculty/staff member who serves in an advisory role to provide guidance to the organization. This person does not work for the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

CHAPTER HOUSE: Some fraternities and sororities at UCLA operate facilities near campus that provide residential space for members to live and facilities for chapter meetings and activities.

COLONY/ASSOCIATE CHAPTER: A newly formed affiliate of an organization that has not yet received its charter. The members of a colony are referred to as "founders."

CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING ("COB" or INFORMAL RECRUITMENT): At the conclusion of the fall recruitment process for the Panhellenic Council sororities, those chapters with a membership size less than a specified number (total) can continue to give out bids via an informal recruitment process.

FRATERNITY: A Greek-letter social or honorary organization (informally applied to men’s groups).

GREEK: An informal name for a member of a fraternity or sorority.

HAZING:Mental or physical abuse or harassment of a member. Hazing is prohibited by university policy, State law, and the policies of national fraternities and sororities. For more information on how to report hazing please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life or the Office of the Dean of Students.

HOUSE CORPORATION: Alumni organization which owns and/or manages a chapter house.

HOUSE DIRECTOR (sometimes called HOUSE MOTHER): A live-in employee of a residential sorority hired to manage the chapter house.

INITIATION: Ritualistic ceremony during which new members receive lifelong membership privileges.

INTAKE: The membership recruitment and induction process for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (historically African-American fraternities and sororities)

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC): The governing/coordinating student council for some all men's fraternities. Most IFC member organizations are affiliated with the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

LATINX GREEK COUNCIL (LGC): The governing body for the historically Latinx-based fraternities and sororities. Many LGC member organizations are affiliated with the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

LINE:Term sometimes used by various culturally-based Greek organizations to refer to the members who join the same quarter.

LEGACY: A student who has a sibling, parent, grandparent, or family member who is a member of a particular fraternity or sorority. Legacies are sometimes granted special consideration in the membership recruitment process but never guaranteed membership.

LOCAL: A fraternity or sorority not affiliated with a regional, national, or international organization.

MULTI-INTEREST GREEK COUNCIL (MIGC):The governing/coordinating council for many of the culturally-based fraternities and sororities, which currently includes chapters that are multicultural in focus.

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC):The governing/coordinating council for the historically African-American fraternities and sororities.

OFSL:Acronym for the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

PANHELLENIC COUNCIL:The governing/coordinating council for some all women's sororities. Most Panhellenic Council member sororities are affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).

PIN: The fraternity/sorority badge of membership.

RAID:A theme party with a fraternity and a sorority.

RECRUITMENT(sometimes called RUSH): The membership recruitment process. Potential New Members are sometimes referred to as RUSHEES.

RHO GAMMA: Stands for "Sorority Recruitment Counselor;" active Panhellenic Council members who assist women participating in Panhellenic Recruitment. Formally referred to as RHO GAMMA.

SORORITY: A social fraternity for women.

STAFF ADVISOR:The UCLA OFSL staff member who directly supports the chapter or council. The advisor assignments for each council and chapter, along with the staff's contact information. can be found within the Community Overview page.