CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is the other process through which women join a sorority. COB is much more informal and interested PNMs and eligible chapters can get to know each other through small chapter-hosted events, coffee dates, dinner with a small group, and similar. All chapters will not be eligible to recruit informally after the primary recruitment process. Roughly 20% of women join through COB. COB is sometimes also called COR (Continuous Open Recruitment) and Spring Recruitment even COB occurs in the fall and spring.
What might the process look like?
Events could look different for each chapter whether it be a movie night, coffee date, or simply grabbing food. This is a time for you and members of the chapter to get to know one another.
What chapters are participating?
Specific chapters become eligible to continue recruiting when space is made available on their roster.
When is it?
Panhellenic will host one open event where all eligible potential members can attend within the first few weeks of the spring semester. From that point, the chapters may host various events at their discretion.
Am I eligible to participate?
Yes, if you are enrolled at Southern Miss or if you were not offered a bid in Fall of 2019. If you have any questions, please call our office at (601) 266-4825.
How can I get in contact with the chapters?
Chapters may contact you after the first Panhellenic COB event. You can also contact chapter members via social media, text, email, a friend, etc.
What are my options?
If you do not feel ready to join a chapter through spring recruitment, know that there will be other opportunities to participate in recruitment in the coming semesters.
What to Expect
Being a sorority woman is a fun way to enrich your college experience, but it is also a commitment. Chapters require their members to meet certain financial, housing, community service, and academic obligations. If you are interested in joining a chapter, it is important to be aware of these membership responsibilities.
There are various financial commitments associated with sorority membership. Before joining a chapter it is important to consider the financial aspect of sorority. The link below provides more specific information about the costs of membership, but potential members are encourage to ask chapter members about their personal experiences.