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Active or Collegiate is an initiated sorority member attending college

Alumna (plural is alumnae) an initiated sorority member who is no longer an active

Bid a formal invitation to join a specific sorority

Chapter an organized group of women representing a national sorority.  Collegiate chapters are found on college campuses.  Almunae chapters are usually organized by geographic areas to support their collegiate chapters

Deferred Recruitment (formerly Deferred Rush)  formal recruitment that takes place at the beginning of the spring semester

Formal Recruitment (formerly Rush) the process of mutual selection between a prospective member and an active chapter.  Each potential new member is given the opportunity to attend parties hosted by all participating sororities. As recruitment progresses, the sorority members and potential new members go through a mutual selections process until the last day, then participants are offered an invitation (bid) to join a sorority chapter.

Greek  any member of a Greek letter social or community service organization (fraternity or sorority)

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

Legacy  generally defined as a daughter, granddaughter, sister or great-granddaughter of a sorority member. A potential new member could be a legacy to more than one sorority.  Being a legacy does NOT mean an automatic membership into that chapter.  Nonetheless, being a legacy does not hurt your chances at membership in any way.

Letter of Support  A letter written by a sorority alumna to her chapter on campus that is in addition to and supports the reference form. Some universities DO NOT want letters of support. Check with your reference writer.

New member  (formerly a Pledge) a member of a sorority who has not been initiated

Open Recruitment A period usually following Formal Recruitment where there may be an opportunity to fill a chapter's designated number of members. Open recruitment is limited to those chapters who happen to be below the number of members each campus allows.

Potential New Member (PNM, formally a Rushee) a college woman who has chosen to participate in the recruitment process

Preferencing (Pref) During the last part of recruitment, a potential new member determines which sorority she is willing to join by listing 3 sororities in order of preference

Quota The specified number of recruitment guests to which each sorority may extend a bid

Recruitment Counselor (or Rho Chi) a sorority woman who has disaffiliated herself from her chapter during Formal Recruitment.  She is specially trained to assist Potential New Members throughout the recruitment process and to answer any questions they may have about sorority membership

REFERENCE FORM (Rec) a form completed by a sorority alumna that introduces the PNM to the chapter of her sorority on campus.  This does NOT guarantee a bid form any sorority

Sister A Term used by sorority members to refer to one another