Encouraging freshmen to go through Greek life recruitment during their first semester is potentially a great way to boost retention rates.
In past years, freshmen were not allowed to go through Greek recruitment until their second semester; this year, freshmen were allowed to rush the sorority or fraternity of their choice just weeks into their first semester.
While Greek life might not be for everyone, it is beneficial for the University to offer it early in the school year.
Fall Greek Recruitment is beneficial because it helps freshmen get involved quickly in an organization that interests them.
There are many different organizations on campus; deciding which one to join can be difficult. By having recruitment sooner rather than later, freshmen may be better equipped to make a decision about Greek life since they are more open to learning information as new students. During recruitment, students are able to learn about University sororities and fraternities to find which group is the best fit for them. Freshmen are able to find a group of other students who share similar interests and beliefs to help them find their place within the University.
If freshmen choose to become a part of Greek life, they have in- creased opportunities to make new friends, attend events and settle into University life.
These benefits of Greek life raise the odds of students connecting to University life.
Hopefully, greater connectedness will lead to higher retention rates.
Even if students ultimately decide not to join, sororities and fraternities host many events during recruitment that allow new students to meet other new students and upperclassmen.
It is crucial for freshmen to build relationships with others and know the University is a place of community involvement.
With the University offering recruitment in the fall, students can get involved and begin to enjoy campus life more quickly by being a part of an organization.
Whether freshmen decide to join a sorority, fraternity or an- other campus organization, getting involved helps students find their place within the University community.