Continuous Open Bidding

Continuous Open Bidding (COB)
The primary recruitment period for the Texas A&M Collegiate Panhellenic Council 
occurs in August prior to the start of fall classes. Given that College Panhellenic 
Associations are only allowed to host one formal recruitment process per year, the 
Texas A&M Collegiate Panhellenic Council does NOT host formal spring recruitment. 
Women interested in sorority membership following fall formal recruitment or in 
the spring should read through all of the information on this page, and then fill out 
the form at the bottom of the page to register to participate in COB. 
What is Continuous Opening Bidding (COB)?
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is an informal recruitment process that Panhellenic 
sororities use to recruit new members outside of the designated formal recruitment 
period to reach Panhellenic Total. 
How does COB work?
Unlike formal recruitment, COB is a very casual and unstructured and it is important 
to point out that each chapter does COB differently. The College Panhellenic 
Association does not set dates for recruitment events or offering of bids. Chapters 
individually contact a potential new member and invite her to an informal 
recruitment event or chapter activities in an effort to get to get to know her better. 
What chapters participate in COB?
Any Panhellenic sorority that has an overall chapter membership below Chapter 
Total is allowed to participate, but is not required by Panhellenic to pledge 
additional new members up to Total. Participation in COB is ultimately up to the 
discretion of the chapter. Because COB is an informal process, a list of chapters 
participating cannot be released because it is always changing at different times 
throughout the year. 
Why do chapters sometimes fall below total?
Chapters can fall below Chapter Total for a variety of reasons including, but not 
limited to, members graduating early, long-term study abroad or internship 
participation, early alum status. 
If a woman receives a bid during COB, what are her options?
If a woman receives a bid during COB from a chapter that she is not interested in 
joining she may decline the bid. If a woman receives a COB from a chapter she is
interested in joining she can accept the bid.. If a woman receives a COB from a 
chapter and is unsure about accepting at that time, she may ask to wait to accept or 
decline the bid.  Each chapter is responsible for determining the deadline for when a 
bid must be accepted or declined. 
Who is eligible for COB?
All women, who are full-time Texas A&M University students, are eligible to 
participate in COB provided that (1) they have never been initiated into a National 
Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sorority and (2) they did not participate in the 
previous fall formal recruitment and receive a Bid from a chapter at Texas A&M 
University and decline the bid or accepted their bid and broken their pledge period. 
How many women will receive bids through COB?
Given that COB is not mandatory and that chapters have the option to recruit up to 
Chapter Total, we cannot speculate the overall number of bids that will be issued 
and/or the number of women that will receive bids.
Is there a cost associated with COB?
No. There is not a cost to participate in Continuous Opening Bidding.
When is COB?
Chapters are allowed by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) to extend bids 
or offers of membership to unaffiliated women throughout the academic school year 
beginning immediately after the fall formal recruitment process ends.
If a woman completes the COB Interest Form is she guaranteed a bid for 
membership from a sorority?
Filling out the COB Interest Form does not guarantee that a sorority will contact a 
potential new member nor does it guarantee that she will receive a bid.
What do I need to do if I want to be considered for COB?
Women interested in participating in COB should submit their information by using 
the link at the bottom of this page to complete the COB Interest Form. 
COB will resume in Spring 2018. Check out our formal recruitment until then! 
If you desire further information please contact the Vice President of Recruitment at