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Continuous Open Bidding

General Information, Eligibility, and Contact

Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is an informal way to go through recruitment at the University of Maryland. It is an informal process that chapters use to take in new members throughout the Fall and Spring semester. This process is more casual than primary recruitment and many chapters host informal events such as an open house, invite potential new members on coffee dates, or host other fun and interactive activities at their chapter houses. 


While all chapters participate in primary recruitment, not all chapters participate in COB. If a chapter is participating, the Panhellenic Association will notify potential new members sometime during the first week of classes in the Fall semester, or up to 72 hours following Bid Day in the Spring semester. When a chapter participates in COB, they simply contact a potential new member on their own and hold a series of informal events to get to know the PNM better. 


If you are interested in joining the Panhellenic community and a chapter invites you to a COB event, you are encouraged to attend but are not required to. Continuous Open Bidding does not operate on a strict round schedule like primary recruitment. 


PNM Eligibility: Potential new members who are currently students at the University of Maryland, and also have a minimum of 12 credits. These 12 credits must be transfer, dual enrollment, or University of Maryland credit only. If a potential new member meets both of these requirements then they are eligible to participate in COB. 


If you have any questions about Continuous Open Bidding, please feel free to contact us at

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