Greek Life  
Greek Terms

Active: An initiated collegiate member who is currently paying dues to an undergraduate chapter. 

Alumnus: Members of a fraternity who have graduated. 

New Member: A new member of a fraternity or sorority aspiring to become an initiated member. 

Legacy: Someone whose father or brother are members of a particular Greek-letter organization. 

Bid: An invitation to membership extended to a prospective member. 

Bid Day: The last day of recruitment that includes a reception at the 
chapter house. 

Big Bro/Brother: The new member selects an active member to serve as their Big Brother. This initiated member serves as a resource, role model, and problem solver for the new member. 

Chapter: The local group of undergraduate students on a particular campus 
recognized by the university and the (Inter)national organization. 

RUSH: The organized period for the recruitment of prospective new members. For IFC fraternites, formal recruitment occurs the week after Labor Day each fall semester. 

Initiation: A spiritually based ritual which marks the acceptance of a lifetime commitment to the fraternity. 

Interfraternity Council (IFC): The umbrella organization for the fraternities at Oklahoma City University. 

Panhellenic Council: The governing body of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities at Oklahoma City University. 

Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honor Society: An honor society for Greek members who demonstrate outstanding leadership and superior academic performance.