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Recruitment Vocabulary

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Recruitment is an exhilarating and exciting time. During recruitment, women familiar with sorority life may talk about being a legacy, signing an MRABA or getting recommendations from alumnae. Although these terms may sound foreign now, they are common to sorority women. Here are 10 terms frequently used throughout the recruitment process. If you become familiar with them now, you can feel like an expert potential new member during recruitment. 


1. Potential new member (PNM): A woman who is eligible to participate in recruitment. 

2. Recruitment counselor: A sorority member who is disassociated from her sorority to serve as a recruitment guide. Each PNM is assigned a recruitment counselor during formal recruitment. Recruitment counselors are there to guide PNMs and answer any questions they may have. 

3. College Panhellenic "exec" - short for "Panhellenic executive officers/committee": The officers of the College Panhellenic Association who run the day-to-day operations; they are responsible for encouraging Panhellenic unity among chapters, enforcing guidelines, overseeing the recruitment process and promoting positive ideals of sorority life. 

4. Legacy: A PNM whose relative is an initiated member of a sorority. Definitions of which relationships confer legacy status vary by sorority. Being a legacy does not guarantee a bid to a particular sorority. 

5. Recommendation: A letter or form completed by an initiated member of a sorority showing support for a PNM's membership in that organization. Recommendations may be more important at some campuses than others. 

6. Active: A collegian woman who is an initiated member of a sorority. Active members are the women PNMs meet during recruitment. 

7. New member: A woman who has accepted a bid from a sorority. 

8. Membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement (MRABA): Thi is a one-year binding agreement signed by a PNM when ranking chapters after preference round. A PNM agrees to accept a bid from any chapter she lists on her MRABA. If a PNM receives a bid to a chapter she lists and declines it, she cannot accept a bid to any other National Panhellenic Conference sorority until the next primary recruitment period. If a PNM signs an MRABA and does not receive a bid, she is eligible for continuous open bidding or snap bidding. 

9. Bid Day: The last day of recruitment, when PNMs receive bids to join chapters and become new members. 

10. Intentional single preference: When a PNM lists only one sorority on her MRABA. 


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