Updated: Oct 31, 2021
Here are some common slang that you might hear girls use and what they mean!
PNM (Potential New Member)
A student who is eligible to participate in recruitment and meets the campus standards
Also known as a recruitment counselor
A sorority member who disassociates from her sorority during recruitment to guide PNMs through the recruitment process, answer questions and provide unbiased advice. Each PNM is assigned a group which is headed by 2 rho gammas.
An active member of a sorority on campus
Each chapter has its own unique philanthropic cause(s) it supports through its membership and fundraising events.
Each chapter has its own house on campus, either on Fraternity Row or around the Graham Cracker. Members can live in their chapter house and chapters often conduct chapter events in their house.
A block in College Park where sorority houses are located
Sections of recruitment that focus on different topics (ex: Values, Philanthropy...). Each round can last either 1 or 2 days. Read more about the rounds of recruitment in the Round of Recruitment blog.
A period in which you visit a specific chapter and speak with sisters of that chapter. There are multiple Events in each round with breaks built in for you to relax.
An invitation to join a sorority. You are given a bid on Bid Day.
The system by which a PNM is matched with a chapter of their choice between Preference Round and Bid Day.
Big sister/Little sister
Each new member is matched with a big during the new member process in their new chapter. Their big is someone who is already initiated and will show them the ropes, mentor them and bring them closer in the sisterhood.
The intentional or unintentional acts of a chapter member that lead a PNM to perceive that they will receive a bid to a particular chapter. This act is prohibited and should be told to your Rho Gamma immediately.
NPC (National Panhellenic Conference)
The governing body for all 26 international women's fraternities and sororities
A PNM who has a relative (sister, grandmother...) of an initiated sorority. Being a legacy does not guarantee a bid to a sorority
MRABA (Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement)
A PNM signs her MRABA after her last event on Preference Round. It is a binding agreement that says that a PNM agrees to accept a bid from any chapter she lists on her MRABA. If she declines the bid she may not go through recruitment again until next year.