The USC Panhellenic Council will now host two primary recruitment periods next academic year, for fall 2018 and spring 2019. Exact dates for recruitment aren't yet finalized.
This change is a response to Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry's decision last fall to alter Greek recruitment standards.
In a letter addressed to the USC community, he said students who wish to participate in Greek life "must have completed a minimum of 12 academic units, and a minimum USC grade point average of 2.5," effective fall 2018.
The USC Panhellenic Council also acknowledged that transfer students who have met the same requirements at their previous university are also eligible.
Potential candidates can participate in only one recruitment period per academic year.
The Interfraternity Council is still finalizing its changes.
"Fall recruitment will be very similar to the way it has in previous years, except it will be comprised of sophomores and above, as well as transfer students," said IFC President Jack Tenney in an email to USC Annenberg Media.
"The more significant things will follow this spring, with potential changes to the length of recruitment, the nature of recruitment events, and more support for our smaller fraternities," he said.
In a letter issued last fall, Carry said that deferring rush allows new students to adjust to social and academic life at USC before committing to Greek life.
"The university has concluded that the benefit of allowing new students one semester to acclimate to USC academics and social life far outweigh the benefits of not making this policy change," Carry said.