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, meaning the largest size a sorority can become through recruitment. Chapters will become eligible for informal recruitment based off of the median chapter total. If a chapter is below total, they will be eligible for informal recruitment. However, not all chapters that are eligible will participate.
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, and a chapter invites you to a COB event, you should attend. Some chapters will have informal events to meet potential new members (PNM's), others will ask you on a coffee date. If you missed out on formal recruitment, this is a great way to try and find a sorority for you at Miami University.
At Miami informal recruitment happens first semester for upperclassmen, and second semester following bid day for first years and upperclassmen.
For more information on informal recruitment please contact the Director of Informal Recruitment, Camdyn Yoder.
Informal Recruiting Chapters - Fall 2019
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. Recruitment Chair contact information for each chapter is available on each chapter's page on this website.
Alpha Epsilon Phi