Student Life

Greek Glossary

Alumna/Alumnus: A graduated member of a fraternity or sorority.

Greek Advisory Council: An organization, consisting of the Advisors, Patrons and Patronesses which works to encourage and support sorority and fraternity life at the University of Redlands.

Bid: A formal invitation to become a member of a Greek letter organization

Cap: The maximum number of women in a sorority.  That number is set by the Panhellenic Council and it is 75.

Formal Rush: The major recruitment process employed by the Greek Community; also know as Recruitment

Fraternity: A Greek organization comprised solely of men.

Hazing: The University of Redlands has an absolute prohibition on hazing. The University’s strict definition may be found in the Code of Student Conduct.

Initiation: The formal ceremony that brings new members into full active membership.

Initiated Member: an undergraduate student who has been initiated into lifelong membership of a Greek organization.

Interfraternity Council: The governing body for the fraternities.

Legacy: When a parent, grandparent, or older sibling is in a Greek organization.  Each organization decides whether or not that student receives preferential treatment in the Bid process.

New Member Period: The time from Bid Day until Initiation.

Panhellenic Council: The governing body for the sororities.

Pillars: The pillars of the Greek Community are – Academic Achievement, Community Service, Leadership, and Extracurricular Involvement.

Senior Rule: If a sorority is at cap, then they are eligible to take 30% of their total seniors and add that number to the number of bids they can give out.

Sorority: A Greek organization comprised solely of women.



 Greek Alphabet

The University has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting study abroad.

More than 47 percent of Redlands undergraduates participate in study abroad programs.

More »