Belmont University will no longer hold fall recruitment for first year students looking to join a Greek organization. Going forward, freshmen recruitment will only be held in the spring.
The change to the current recruitment schedule was made for “many reasons,” said Provost Dr. Thomas Burns.
“Chief among those reasons is the university’s desire to provide new students with a longer period of time to learn about Greek letter organizations before they need to make the decision about whether they are interested in joining one or not,” Burns said. “With this change, we’re hoping to help first year students be able to make the decision about whether or not to consider joining a Greek letter organization after they have a full semester of university life in hand.”
Additionally, Burns said scheduling difficulties played a role in the decision to push recruitment dates back to the spring for first year students.
In recent years, recruitment for Belmont’s Greek organizations has been held close to or during fall break, which was “a challenge given the timing of the recruitment relative to the start of the academic year, as well as relative to the university calendar,” Burns said.
Belmont has not yet decided whether fall recruitment activities will continue to be held for returning students. Burns said the only decision that has been officially made was moving first-year recruitment to the spring.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.