Go Greek: Lingo & Definitions

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Active: An initiated collegiate member of a sorority. 

Bid: An invitation to join a sorority. If you accept your bid you are then a New Member of the sorority. 

Bid Day: The day you receive your bids! After opening your bid you go to the sorority house for a huge party where you meet your new pledge class, party with all the older girls, eat some food, and have an all around awesome time!

Legacy: A daughter, sister or granddaughter of an initiated member of a sorority. Typically, different groups have different definitions of legacies. Being a legacy does not guarantee a bid to a particular sorority. Each inter/national organization has its own policy for invitations to legacies during recruitment

New Member/Pledge: You have been offered a bid by a sorority but have not been formally initiated yet. 

Pledge Class/PC 14: You pledge class is the group of girls with whom you pledge with. You’ll be known at PC 14 since you pledged in 2014. 

PNM: Potential New Member. These are the ladies who are not in a sorority and who are going through rush. 

Preference Night/Pref Night/Pref: The last night of parties before PNMs are given their bids. Your party list has been narrowed down to 2-3 and you visit each of the remaining houses to see in which preference order you will list the sororities on your card. 

Recruitment/Rush: The formal process by which new members for each sorority are chosen. This can be formal or informal depending on your university. 
Rho Gamma/Rho Chi: The ladies who are leading the PNMs around during rush. Usually they have disaffiliated from their sorority and are supposed to be an unbiased sounding board for the PNMs. 

Suiciding: Also known as Intentional Single Preferencing, when a woman lists only one chapter on her membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement following preference night.

Be sure to check back the rest of the week for more Rush Information! Also check out the rest of the posts concerning rush


  • Carolyn Wolfram

    I miss my sorority and greek life in general! <3