Decoding Sorority Terms
This stands for Potential New Member; someone who is able to participate in sorority recruitment.
2. Recruitment Counselor
They might be known as Gamma Chi’s, Pi Chi’s, or Rho Gamma’s. These are the girls who are disaffiliated from their chapters to help PNM’s go through the recruitment process.
3. Bid Day
This is the last day of recruitment, also known as “Sorority Christmas.” PNM’s who received a bid from a sorority will become a new member of that chapter.
The process of becoming an active member of a chapter, usually through the traditional ceremony of that specific sorority.
Typically this is a girl whose mother, sister, aunt, or grandmother is an initiated member of a sorority. Different sororities have different definitions of who a legacy is and being a legacy does not guarantee you a bid.
The Greek letters of an organization.
This stands for the National Panhellenic Conference. It’s the national organization that encompasses all 26 sororities.
8. New Member
This is a girl who has accepted a Bid into a sorority but is not yet initiated into the sisterhood.
This is the number of girls that a sorority can initiate into their chapters. It’s required by PHC that each sorority meets their quota each year. Quota varies depending on the school and the number of girls going through recruitment.
This is a letter or form that a sorority member writes recommending a girl for sorority membership. It’s usually someone that is family or a friend. Recommendations are more important on some campus’ than others.
This term is used to describe an initiated, collegiate member of a sorority.
Initiated sorority women wear these. Every sorority has a different badge.
13. Big/Little Sister
The big sister is an older member who is paired with a younger member. The big sister acts as a mentor to her little sister and helps her adjust to the sorority life.
This stands for Continuous Open Bidding. Sororities host COB events when they do not meet quota and need to recruit more women. These events are typically more casual than formal recruitment and pledge classes are much smaller.
This is the period of time between preference rounds and big day. Active members and potential new members are not allowed to have any form of contact until bids are distributed.
Written by: Kellyn McMullan