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For a full list of fraternity & sorority organizations, upcoming events, and information related to Fraternity & Sorority Life at Ferris, visit our Bulldog Connect page.
Every fraternity or sorority selects members differently and at different times of the year. For the most up-to-date information and to get connected with a specific council or organization, email [email protected] and check Bulldog Connect.
Things to ask when considering a specific organization
Active Member: A member who has been initiated through a ritual process and is currently enrolled in courses.
Affiliation Form: A form signed by every member to affiliate individuals with the Greek life center.
Alumni/Alumnae: An initiated member who has graduated.
Badge: A pin commonly worn with formal attire given to initiated members.
Bid: An invitation to join a particular organization.
Black Greek Council (BGC aka. NPHC): The local governing body over the BGC or NPHC organizations.
Call/Chant: Sounds or words used by members to gain the attention of another member. These are different by region.
Chapter: A local group that is part of a larger national organization.
Crossing: Used mostly by NPHC organizations to refer to when they went from being a new member to an active member
Drop: Someone who has chosen to no longer be a member of an organization
Executive Office: Refers to the national office
Grad Chapter: The graduate chapters of NPHC organizations, typically oversees operations of undergraduate chapters.
Informational: Refers to a recruitment event for NPHC organizations
Initiation: Ritual event to graduate new members into active members
Intake: NPHC process for new members
Interfraternity Council (IFC): A governing body for the Fraternities. Operates under a national organization called North American Interfraternity Council (NIC)
Lavaliere: Necklace with fraternity or sorority letters
Legacy: Refers to a relatives membership within an organization.
Line: Refers to NPHC new member classes
Neophyte or Neo: A term for a new member of an NPHC organization
New member education: A program developed to introduce new members to what it means to be a member of Greek life at Ferris.
New Member: An individual who has not been initiated, but has been extended and accepted a bid.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): Governing national organization for all women’s organizations.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): National organization that oversees the 9 NPHC organizations.
Order of Omega: National Greek Leadership Honors Organization.
Panhellenic Council: Local governing body over sororities.
Philanthropy: Refers to raising money for a particular cause.
Potential New Member (PNM): A student who has shown interest in joining an organization.
Professional Greek Council (PGC): Local governing body over organizations bearing Greek letters that are associated with a program or concentration.
Preferencing: Last portion of Panhellenic recruitment where a potential new member determines which sororities she would be willing to join.
Quota: The number of bids a Panhellenic organization can extend a bid to.
Release Figure Method (RFM): A term used to describe the method that Panhellenic uses during their primary recruitment period.
Rho Gamma: A group of women who have disaffiliated to help guide potential new members through the formal recruitment process.
Social: An event where organizations get together to socialize without the presence of alcohol.
Stepping: Historical NPHC tradition with various hand and foot movements accompanied with chanting, dancing, singing, and acting.
Stroll: Historical NPHC tradition like a line dance.
Total: The maximum chapter size determined through RFM.