Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is an informal recruitment process that Panhellenic sororities use to recruitment 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 Chapter Total 255, then Alpha Alpha Alpha can offer 5 COBs if they are interested.

APPLICANTS: Unlike Primary Recruitment, COB is a very casual and unstructured. Each chapter does COB differently, so the College Panhellenic Association does not set dates for informal recruitment events or offering of bids. 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. It is important to note that Recruitment at UA, including COB, is a mutual selection process and that participation DOES NOT guarantee a prospective member an invitation to join a sorority, nor does it obligate them to join.

ELIGIBILITY: I understand that in order to register for and be eligible for Continuous Open Bidding (COB), I (1) must be a female, who is a regularly enrolled full-time student in good standing with The University of Alabama, (2) must never have been initiated into one of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities at UA or on another campus, and (3) I must not have received a bid during the most recent Primary Recruitment process and declined the bid or have broken their pledge.Furthermore, I must agree to and accept all of the terms in the information disclosure agreement.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Although the Alabama Panhellenic Association does not require a specific grade point average (GPA) to participate in COB, each sorority chapter does have a minimum grade requirement for pledging and initiation. Therefore, it is HIGHLY recommended that all prospective members participating in COB have at or above a 3.2 cumulative high school or college GPA.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) RELEASE: I authorize The University of Alabama's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Alabama Panhellenic Association to verify my registration and academic records. Furthermore, I hereby authorize The University of Alabama to disclose my educational records to the Fraternity or Sorority Chapter Officers, Advisors, and National Fraternity or Sorority Officers and Staff. I understand that this release will be in effect only for one academic year. I also understand that I may revoke this authorization at any time, in writing, with the Office of Academic Records and University Registrar, Room 206 Student Services Center. Further, I understand that the Grade Point Average (GPA) listed on record with The University of Alabama Registrar and/or Office of Admissions will be the OFFICIAL GPA used by the chapters for the purpose of membership eligibility. 

INFORMATION DISCLOSURE RELEASE: By clicking "submit," I acknowledge that I have read the TERMS and CONDITIONS I fully understand the contents, meaning, and impact of this release. Furthermore, "I agree" to the terms listed above and allow my registration information to be made available to The University of Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA) sororities as part of the Recruitment process.

The University of Alabama complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, which are outlined in the University's nondiscrimination notice and in its harassment policy. Membership in registered student organizations shall be open to all students of The University of Alabama, without regard to race, religion, sex, disability, national origin, color, age, gender identity or expression, sexual identity, or veteran status except in cases of designated fraternal organizations exempted by federal law from Title IX regulations concerning discrimination on the basis of sex. Individuals who have concerns about the recruitment process are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office at 205-348-3326.