Informal Recruitment

Informal Recruitment is currently closed. If you’re interested in joining a sorority, please visit our Formal Recruitment page for information on spring recruitment.


What is Informal Recruitment?

Informal Recruitment, also known as Continuous Open Bidding (COB), is a process that sororities engage in outside of the the primary (formal) recruitment period. During this process, a sorority will offer bids to women in order to reach chapter total (the largest size a sorority can become through recruitment). It tends to be more casual and unstructured than primary recruitment and it can be difficult to identify which sororities are participating, since not all can participate. Each sorority operates on their own COB schedule, so there is no standardized time frame when all sororities are recruiting new members during informal recruitment. If you’re interested in sorority membership, though, and a chapter invites you to a COB event, you should attend. If you missed out on formal recruitment, this is a great way to try and find a sorority at Penn State.

What are the Requirements to Participate in Recruitment?

In order to participate in recruitment you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • At least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Completed at least 14 credits at a Penn State campus OR 27 transfer credits OR be classified as an adult learner by Penn State
  • Not be subject to any pending or active conduct violations
  • Attend a Sorority and Fraternity Life Informational Meeting
  • Register on ICS Recruiter

Which Chapters are Participating in Informal Recruitment?

Below you can find the Panhellenic and Associate chapters that are participating in Fall Informal Recruitment. If you’re interested in a specific chapter, please contact them to get more information on their recruitment process.

Panhellenic Chapters

No chapters listed.

Associate Chapters

No chapters listed.