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The primary recruitment period for The Ohio State University Panhellenic Association occurs in January during the first two weekends after classes begin. Given that College Panhellenics are only allowed to host one primary recruitment per year, the Panhellenic Association does NOT host a primary fall recruitment. Ohio State does have Informal/COB Recruitment opportunities, so people interested in sorority membership before Primary Recruitment in the fall or following the conclusion of Primary Recruitment in the spring should complete the steps on the Primary Recruitment Registration page. 

Informal Recruitment or Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is a more casual and unstructured process that only takes place if chapters are eligible and choose to participate. Not every sorority participates and the chapters that choose to participate change per semester.  It does not operate on a set schedule like Primary Recruitment, so each sorority handles its Informal/COB process differently.


What is Informal/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 Primary Recruitment period to reach quota and/or Panhellenic Total (i.e. Median Chapter size). For example, if Alpha Alpha Alpha sorority has 250 members for the spring semester and a Chapter Total of 255, then Alpha Alpha Alpha can offer up to 5 COBs if they are interested.

Is a Snap Bid the same as a COB?

No. Snap bidding ends when bids are distributed on Bid Day. Informal/Continuous Open Bidding (COB) begins as soon as Bid Day ends. Furthermore, Snap Bidding is ONLY allowed for those chapters that did NOT meet quota in the bid-matching process of Primary Recruitment. The Snap Bidding process takes place before bids are distributed on Bid Day and eligibility is limited to women who participated in at least the first two days of recruitment (i.e. Meet the Chapters).

Who is eligible for Informal/COB?

All Ohio State University students are eligible to participate in COB provided that: (1) they are enrolled as a full-time student; (2) they have never been initiated into one of the 18 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities at OSU, or on another campus; (3) they have not received a bid during the most recent Primary Recruitment, declined the bid, or broke their pledge; (4) completed 12 collegiate credit hours.

Is there a minimum Grade Point Average to Participate in Informal/COB?

A 2.5 GPA is required to participate in COB. In addition, each sorority has a minimum GPA requirement to be eligible for membership. Every sorority strives to maintain a high chapter GPA, and therefore each must consider a PNM’s ability to adhere to the chapter’s scholastic standards.

If a woman receives a COB, what are her options?

– If a PNM receives a COB from a chapter that they're is not interested in joining they may decline the bid.
– If a PNM receives a COB from a chapter they are interested in joining they can accept the bid. Those accepting bids through the COB process will be required to sign a COB MRABA acceptance binding agreement, which must be filed within one business day of accepting the bid.
– If a PNM receives a COB from a chapter and is unsure about accepting at that time, they may ask to wait to accept or decline the bid. Each chapter is responsible for determining when an answer must be given by (normally 24 – 48 hours from the time a bid is issued).

Which sororities are able to participate in Informal/COB?      

Any Panhellenic sorority that has an overall chapter membership below Chapter Total is allowed, but not required, to participate in COB. Participation in COB is ultimately up to the discretion of the chapter, so there is no set number of chapters and/or a guarantee that specific chapters will participate.

How many PNM's will receive bids through Informal/COB?

This number varies each semester. 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.

What do I need to do if I want to be considered for Informal/COB?

Interested potential members interested in being considered for COB should fill out the online COB Interest Form.

Is there a cost associated with Informal/COB?

No. There is not a cost to participate in Informal/Continuous Opening Bidding.

Are letters of recommendation required?

Letters of recommendation are not a required or expected part of joining a sorority at Ohio State. If someone is interested in submitting one on your behalf, they can follow the instructions on each organization's national website. 

How long will chapters Informal/COB?

Chapters are allowed, by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), to extend bids or offers of membership to unaffiliated PNMs during the regular school year (as defined by the academic calendar). During the fall, Informal/COB begins on the first day of classes and concludes prior to Reading Day. During the spring, Informal/COB begins the day after Bid Day and concludes prior to Reading Day.

If an interested potential member completes a COB Interest Form are they guaranteed a bid for membership from a sorority?

Filling out a COB Interest Form does not guarantee that they will receive a bid.

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