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  • Continuous Open Membership Recruitment is a period when you meet women’s sorority members on a more casual and less structured basis. When participating in Continuous Open Recruitment women may go to dinner at the chapter house, watch movies and socialize with chapter members, or attend sisterhood events. Panhellenic sponsors Continuous Open Recruitment twice a year, once in the Spring (after Membership Exploration Week "MEW" concludes) and once in the Fall. Fall and spring Continuous Open Recruitment is an option available to all women who meet the minimium Standards. Listed below are the sororities that participate in Continuous Recruitment. If you have any questions regarding Continuous Open Recruitment contact:

What is Continous Open Membership Reccruitment

Continuous Recruitment is often referred to as Continuous Open Bidding (COB) after the Formal Recruitment process is complete. Unlike Formal Recruitment, a Potential New Member participating in COB will not visit all of the sororities. When a sorority decides to offer COB, they simply contact Potential New Members on their own and hold a series of informal events to get to know her better. Registration on the part of the potential new member is not necessary either. All women that have not been initiated by another chapter in the past are eligible to participate!


There are a few key differences between Formal Recruitment and Continuous Open Bidding (COB) that are important to keep in mind:


  1. COB almost never involves all of the sororities at any particular time. Those who do take part usually have only a few spots open for new members. Therefore, your chances of joining a sorority during COB are much lower than during Formal Recruitment. (MEW Spring Semester)
  2. COB is a much less structured process. You do not get the overall view of Sorority Life, nor do you see what each sorority is about. Because of this limited spectrum, most of the women who join through COB do so because they have been on campus for a while and have a better feel for which sororities they would be comfortable joining.


For many reasons, including wanting to get to know all the sororities, most women choose Formal Recruitment as their way to join a sorority. However, if you find that you are unable to go through Formal Recruitment for any reason, keep in mind that COB may occur each Fall and Spring semester. This means that the chapters participating in COB will vary throughout the year.

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F&M Women's Sororities GPA Membership requirements:

Alpha Phi - 2.75
Alpha Delta Pi - 2.65
Alpha Xi Delta - TBA
Chi Omega - 2.4
Kappa Delta - 2.5
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