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 email@example.com.