The Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Missouri has compiled the following information about Greek Life:
- Following graduation, Greek-affiliated alumni have higher average incomes than non-Greek alumni.
- Even when accounting for parents' educational levels, graduation year, and gender, students who were affiliated with fraternities and sororities have higher average incomes following graduation.
- Students who join fraternities and sororities are more likely to return to college the following year.
- Students who join fraternities and sororities are 28% more likely to return to school the following year than students who choose not to join.
- Following graduation, Greek-affiliated alumni are involved in more civic organizations and contribute more financially to charitable organizations than non-Greek alumni.
- Fraternity and sorority involvement correlates positively with citizen involvement and charitable giving later in life.
- An initiated, dues-paying member of a fraternity or sorority who is enrolled in school.
- An initiated member of a sorority who is no longer in college (plural: alumnae).
- An initiated member of a fraternity who is no longer in college (plural: alumni).
- ASSOCIATE MEMBER
- A pledge or associate of a chapter who has not been initiated.
- A formal invitation to pledge a sorority or fraternity.
- BIG BROTHER OR SISTER
- An older member assigned to assist a new member or associate member.
- A term used within men's fraternities when referring to other members.
- The campus group of a national/international organization. Many national groups give their chapters names that include a Greek letter, combination of letters, or a Greek letter and a state.
- CHAPTER HOUSE
- The structure in which members of a chapter reside.
- COMMUNITY SERVICE
- An event where chapter members offer their time to assist members or an agency in the community.
- FORMAL RUSH/RECRUITMENT
- Period set aside for mutual membership selection.
- INFORMAL/OPEN RUSH
- Recruitment process by which fraternities and sororities invite members throughout the academic year.
- INTEREST GROUP
- Refers to a group of students considering pursuing either membership in an organization or beginning an entirely new chapter of an organization not currently registered on campus.
- The formal ceremony in which a new member or associate member becomes an active member.
- The son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter, or brother/sister of an initiated member.
- NEW MEMBER
- A member of a sorority or fraternity who has not been initiated.
- NEW MEMBER PROGRAM
- A time before initiation during which new members learn about their fraternity or sorority, its members, activities, and responsibilities.
- A fund-raising project sponsored by fraternities or sororities supporting various local and national agencies.
- A letter written by a friend or family member introducing a perspective new member to a Greek organization.
- RECRUITMENT (a.k.a. RUSH)
- The time when fraternities and sororities recruit new members. IFC fraternities usually recruit during the first three weeks each semester. MGC and NPHC chapters generally conduct intake or induction during the spring semester. Panhellenic sororities usually recruit during the first three weeks of the fall semester.
- A term used within women's fraternities when referring to other members.
- The number of women, determined by Panhellenic, which any sorority may pledge during a specified time: A formula that factors the number of perspective new members participating in formal recruitment, the number of chapters, and the retention rate from previous years.
- The maximum number of membership, determined by Panhellenic, that any member sorority is permitted during the year.