Informal Recruitment



Please reach out to our VP for Recruitment Meghan Quinn at with any questions about who is going through the COB process, issues that arise, problems registering, or eligibility after reading our COB FAQ Page!

Informal Recruitment Registration for Fall 2023 is Closed!

Please continue to check back for information about Spring 2024 Informal Recruitment !




The chapters currently participating in Continuous Open Biding are:  

Alpha Sigma Alpha 

Delta Zeta

Sigma Sigma Sigma 

Zeta Tau Alpha 

Omega Phi Alpha

Sigma Alpha

The above chapters are eligible for Continuous Open Bidding, HOWEVER, each chapter’s COB process is different. Some chapters may only be recruiting a few new members and may quickly be finished, or finishing up with COB currently. Panhellenic will continue to update the list of participating sororities as we get more information.

One important thing to note is that sororities are not responsible to reach out to you for COB! Potential new members will be responsible for finding each chapter’s event schedule and attending the events. The chapters will invite you to further events if you are eligible and they see you as a good fit!

Keep checking the chapter’s Instagram pages, the PHC Instagram, and this website for updates as we get them.

Please visit our Frequently Asked COB Questions document if you have more questions!! 

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.

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. The best way to find out if a chapter is participating is by checking our website, sorority chapter social media, or by emailing the chapter president. If you’re interested in sorority membership and a chapter invites you to a COB event, you should consider attending. If you missed out on formal recruitment, this is a great way to try and find a sorority at Penn State.

Chapters that decide to participate in Continuous Open Bidding will follow the process below:

  1. Chapters will host events for PNM’s interested in joining that chapter.
  2. Once a woman moves into PNM status, they are eligible to extend a bid to that PNM.


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

  • At least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at Penn State University Park
  • 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 have conduct probation with a transcript notation at the time of recruitment or intake
  • Not be suspended or expelled at the time of recruitment or intake
  • Register on Campus Director
  • Complete the Fraternity and Sorority Life Information Session on Canvas, including the terms and conditions at the end


Will take place after Primary Recruitment in January