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Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions. We've got answers.  
  • Why should you join a fraternity or sorority?
  • What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a fraternity or sorority?
  • Should I be concerned with hazing?
  • Do fraternities and sororities have houses at Belmont?
  • How much does membership cost?
  • How many Belmont students participate in Greek Life?
  • When is recruitment?
  • Do I need letters of recommendation?
  • Who monitors Fraternity and Sorority Life at Belmont?

Greek Alphabet and Fraternity and Sorority Life Terminology

Active: An initiated fraternity or sorority member who is affiliated with a campus chapter

Alumnus: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who is no longer in college.

Anchor/Tail: The last person in the intake class for a culturally based fraternity or sorority.

Badge: The badge of an initiated member is received during the initiation ceremony and worn in a designated location.

Bid: A formal invitation for membership from a fraternity or sorority

Brother: a term used when referring to other members of a fraternity.

Call/Chant: A vocal sound (sometimes high-pitched) used by members of cultural based fraternities and sororities to acknowledge one another.

Captain/Ace: The first person in an intake class for a culturally based fraternity or sorority (usually organized from shortest to tallest).

Chapter: A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority.

Crossing: A term used by NPHC groups to indicate that a new member has been fully initiated into the group.

Greek Week: An annual celebration held in the spring in which chapters participate in athletic events, community service, brotherhood and sisterhood activities.

Informational: A forum for individuals interested in seeking more information about a particular NPHC or MGC fraternity or sorority.

Initiation: A traditional, secret ceremony that brings a new member into full fraternity or sorority membership.

Intake: The term groups used to bring new members into an NPHC organization. Each chapter determines when they will conduct intake and is assisted in this process by their Graduate Chapter and Chapter Advisor (a group of local alumni).

Legacy: A potential member whose grandparent, parent, brother or sister is a member of a fraternity or sorority.

New Member: A potential member who has accepted a bid from a fraternity or sorority. They may also be referred to as an “associate,” or “neophyte."

Order of Omega: Honor society reserved for fraternity members who are juniors and seniors who are initiated members of a fraternity or sorority and have attained a high standard of leadership and scholarship within the fraternity and sorority community.

Philanthropy: activities or events that are specific to the chapter's specific charitable organization(s) and to which they donate money.

Potential New Member (PNM): An individual interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.

Quota: The number of women to whom each College Panhellenic Council sorority may extend bids.

Recruitment: Refers to the process by which NPC and IFC chapters select new members.

Ritual: The traditional, secret ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority.

Rush: This is an outdated term that is often associated with the time in which membership is being selected. This term is no longer used. We refer to membership selection as either “Recruitment” or “Intake.”