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. Unlike Formal Recruitment, Potential New Members do not visit all of the sororities. All women that have not signed a MRABA in Fall 2016 or been initiated by another chapter in the past are eligible!
Is there a minimum Grade Point Average to Participate in COB? Although Panhellenic does not require a specific grade point average (GPA) to participate in formal recruitment or COB, each sorority has a minimum grade requirement to be eligible for membership. Every sorority strives to maintain a high level of academic success and must consider a woman’s ability to meet the chapter's scholastic standards. It is highly recommended that women participating in COB have at or above a 2.5 Cal Poly GPA.
How does COB work? Unlike formal recruitment, COB is a very casual and unstructured process. 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.
If a woman receives a COB, what are her options? If a woman receives a COB from a chapter that she is not interested in joining she may decline and choose not to sign the MRABA (membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement).
If a woman receives a COB from a chapter she is interested in joining she can accept the bid. Those accepting bids through the COB process will be required to sign a COB MRABA acceptance binding agreement.
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 to determining when an answer must be given by (normally 24-48 hours from time a bid is issued).
What do I need to do if I am interested in COB? Please email Panhellenic’s VP Recruitment, Shandy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current chapters carrying out COB (as of Fall 2017): Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta