The spring semester at Boise State means the start of new opportunities to make connections with other students through student organizations. Becoming a part of Boise State’s growing Greek community is one of the many options that students have available. Spring recruitment for fraternities takes place during the first few weeks following winter break.
Senior general business major Austin Bleecker explained that spring recruitment is more casual than fall recruitment.
“It is run by the fraternities themselves. We have less students who come in and shorter activities,” Bleecker said.
Both the Student Involvement Center and the Interfraternity Council are less involved in creating a formal structure for the spring recruitment process and events as opposed to in the fall.
The informality of spring recruitment can cause challenges when it comes to the lack of regulation for event planning and coordinating, but it can also be beneficial because it allows each organization to individualize their event and bidding timeline, according to junior mechanical engineering major Ryan Faithe.
Both Faithe and Bleecker agreed the recruitment process in the spring can also be a better experience for potential new members.
“Spring rush is the best time,” Bleecker said. “You’ve had a semester to manage your time, understand the reputation of each organization and there is a lot less chaos.”
Students have now had at least one semester to get adjusted to campus life, have had time to interact with people in multiple organizations and filter through what they are actually looking for in their college experience, according to sophomore political science major Hayden Rogers.
Bleecker explained some of the best leaders come from spring recruitment due to this.
The spring process also allows for a more personal experience, according to Rogers.
“The average size for a recruitment class in the spring is about five to 12, whereas in the fall it’s about 25,” Rogers said.
In agreement with Rogers, Faithe claims this results in less competition.
“We can recruit more efficiently and get to know students more personally,” Faithe said. “You get more focused individuals who may be in it for less of a social aspect and receive higher quality members.”
All three agreed that if someone is interested in recruitment, they should not hesitate.
“Choose a fraternity whose rituals, core values and philanthropic involvement you agree with,” Faithe said. “If you mainly focus on all the formals and the socials, then you could easily be dissatisfied. If you don’t find the organization you want now, just wait, and you will.”