Bid Night is actually the Bid Day. It is the last day of sorority/fraternity recruitment or rush. Bid Day is a process through which university undergraduate men and women join the sorority/fraternity.
Bid night is the last day of the recruitment process, and on this night, the college student gets an invitation to join a particular fraternity/sorority. It is the day to celebrate new beginnings. The chapters hold a special celebration to welcome the potential new members. The bid night is not only to welcome new members but also to celebrate the hours the chapter has invested in making recruitment a memorable process.
Each chapter selects a theme for bid night every year and makes this day special through decorations, banners, accessories and T-shirts etc. Bid night marks the new journey of undergraduates and gives them an opportunity to meet other new members of the fraternity/sorority who will support and love you for life.
How Many Bid Cards Do You Usually Give Out?
For every ten chapters on your campus, you must extend twice as many bids as you want to take. As for every ten houses, the potential new member is at least looking for one more house, the only exception to this being that they are dead sure to be a part of your fraternity or sorority.
So, for example- if there are 300-400 potential new members at your campus, and your fraternity extends the bid to say 30 to 40 students, then you might only get 15-20 kids and suppose you extended bids to around 70 kids, then you may get around 30-40 members.
What Can You Do If You Didn’t Get A Bid From A Fraternity?
In case you do not get a bid from a fraternity, you should not lose hope. You can participate in the continuous recruitment process. Another option that you have is to again go through the primary recruitment process in the following year.
In case you consider rushing again, then you should not put all your efforts into joining a particular sorority/fraternity but should also consider joining other chapters on your campus. There are several other options at your end in case you do not get a bid, like joining a cooperative housing where students meet, learn, live, and socialize together.
You can also join other clubs or professional fraternities on your campus like philanthropy club, journalism club, reading club etc. Extracurricular activities are also a perfect way to make friends and enjoy your campus life.
Professional fraternities not only give you a chance to network but also help in your professional development. These professional fraternities established at your school are for all interests out there and are a great option to join in case you do not get a bid.
You can also use this as a chance to get close with your friends, connect with your roommates or make new friends. You can befriend new people on your campus and enjoy your university life to the fullest with them and just forget you didn’t make it to a fraternity. Not all get a bid, and it is absolutely fine.