- 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 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. 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 Formal 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 COB?
All female 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 Formal Recruitment, declined the bid, or broke their pledge; (4) completed 12 credit hours at OSU or another university.
- Is there a minimum Grade Point Average to Participate in 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 woman’s ability to adhere to the chapter’s scholastic standards.
- 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 the bid.
– 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, which must be filed within one business day of accepting 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 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 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 women will receive bids through 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 COB?
Women interested in being considered for COB should fill out the online COB Interest Form.
- Is there a cost associated with COB?
No. There is not a cost to participate in Continuous Opening Bidding.
- Are letters of recommendation required?
Letters of recommendation may be required by some NPC organizations.
- How long will chapters COB?
Chapters are allowed, by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), to extend bids or offers of membership to unaffiliated women during the regular school year (as defined by the academic calendar). During the fall, COB begins on the first day of classes and concludes prior to Reading Day. During the spring, COB begins the day after Bid Day and concludes prior to Reading Day.
- If a woman completes a COB Interest Form is she guaranteed a bid for membership from a sorority?
Filling out a COB Interest Form does not guarantee that she will receive a bid.