With some schools already half-way through their recruitment weeks, many of you have been asking what to expect on Bid Day for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment.
Bid day is the day that every girl who has been through the complete recruitment process (meaning they have attended every sorority’s recruitment party and been invited back to at least one chapter) receives their sorority bid.
The bid is an actual invitation to join the pledge period of a specific sorority. In most cases, bids are distributed in an envelope, similar to a party invitation. The potential new members open their cards and normally cry or squeal with delight and run (yes, literally run) to their new sorority house.
A party is then held to celebrate the new pledge class members with alumnae and current members also in attendance. The party is normally a dinner at a restaurant that can accommodate large groups followed by some sort of bonding activity, like a sleepover at the sorority house. Bid day parties are also strictly and respectfully non-alcoholic events.
If you’re chosen to receive a bid to a sorority, expect lots of sisterly bonding, a new t-shirt to wear with your new Greek letters on it, a bag full of sorority goodies, balloons, cake, food and fun!
Common Bid Day party locations and activities include:
- Amusement parks
- Broadway shows
- Buca de Beppo
- Cheesecake Factory
- Dinner cruises
- Hard Rock Café
- Mystery Dinner Theatre
- Olive Garden
- P.F. Changs
- Piano bars
- Pizza parties
- Red Lobster
- TGI Fridays
Did your bid day include any of the above activities? Have any special stories to tell? We want to hear about your bid day, or any questions you have about your future bid day below!