We thank you for your interest in America's premiere business fraternity. Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the world's oldest and largest professional business fraternity, devoted to shaping its members into principled business leaders.
Alpha Kappa Psi is America's first professional business fraternity. Founded October 5, 1904 at New York University, AKPsi now has more than 230 college and alumni chapters. The objects of Alpha Kappa Psi are: 1) To further the individual welfare of its members, 2) To foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounts, and finance, 3) To educate the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals therein, and 4) To promote and advance in institutions of college rank, courses leading to degrees in business administration.
Becoming a Professional
When one joins Alpha Kappa Psi, he or she joins an elite group of professionals who are committed to keeping their skills sharp and their careers on track. We accomplish this through national and local professional programs. Our national programs include the Success Institutes, the Academy, and the College of Leadership. Our members gain many skills on the local level as they operate their chapters as "corporations." Alpha Kappa Psi members are the best and brightest business students who take care to use these acquired skills as standards for excelling in the "real world."
Alpha Kappa Psi at a Glance
- AKPsi was founded at New York University in 1904. Today, it is among the twenty largest national college fraternities with more than 228,000 members.
- The men and women of Alpha Kappa Psi reflect the world's diversity and are united by a common interest in business and other related fields.
- Membership in other campus organizations (including social Greek organizations) is encouraged.
- Alpha Kappa Psi chapters are located on more than three-fourths of the nation's top 50 business schools (U.S. News and World Report).
- Members have the incredible opportunity to put their business education into action through management of Alpha Kappa Psi chapters.
- Through strong relationships with the business community, Alpha Kappa Psi is a powerful addition to any resume.
- National publications, alumni chapters and a national web site give members the opportunity to communicate and network with brothers all over the world.
- Alpha Kappa Psi members can take advantage of many leadership development opportunities through the national Success Institutes, the Academy, and the College of Leadership.
- U.S. President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
- U.S. President Richard Nixon (1969-1974)
- Sam Walton, Founder, Wal-Mart Stores
- J.E. Davis, Founder, Winn-Dixie
- Bernie Marcus, Founder, The Home Depot
- James Cash Penney, Founder, J.C. Penney
- Joyce C. Hall, Founder, Hallmark Cards
- Gordon M. Metcalf, Chairman and CEO, Sears Holdings Corporation
- Malcolm 'Steve' Forbes Jr., Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Magazine
Statistics & Trivia
- Number of active student chapters: 216 in the United States, 2 in Canada, and 1 in the United Kingdom
- New charters granted 2010-2011: 9 (University of Dayton, Baruch College, San Francisco State University, California State University - San Bernardino, Portland State University, Syracuse University, George Mason University, Bentley University, University of Rochester)
- Initiates in 2010-2011: 6,552
- Initiates since 1904: more than 240,000
- Number of current student members: 12,794
- 2010-2011 Principled Business Leadership Institute attendance: 3,626
- Alpha Kappa Psi first admitted women into the fraternity in August 1976.
- Alpha Kappa Psi membership is open to all college majors as of 2005.
Members form meaningful, lifelong friendships with a multitude of people, from fellow students to local business leaders to faculty. The importance of social skills is emphasized with a variety of activities. As a result, a great deal of personal growth and satisfaction is achieved which carries well into the business world.
Alpha Kappa Psi prides itself on offering a unique set of professional development opportunities for its members that cannot be found in the classroom. We bring in numerous alumni speakers from corporations all over the country to meet, teach, and network with our members.
Alpha Kappa Psi realizes that the most effective learning opportunities come from hands-on experience. We host interactive workshops for the members of Alpha Kappa Psi to work on fundamentals such as resumes, interviewing, and career fair techniques. We also provide our members with opportunities to work on their soft skills through an annual Etiquette dinner and interacting with faculty at our Teach for Excellence wards.
Our professional development program is constantly changing to meet the needs and interests of our members. Look for these and other similar events during the coming school year:
- A Kelley-wide case competition co-sponsored with Deloitte Consulting
- An AKPsi investment competition
- An AKPsi sales competition
- An AKPsi etiquette dinner co-sponsored with PwC
"Much is expected of those to whom much is given." We are business professionals who seek to develop goodwill, and improve lives, starting in our community. Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi actively gives back to the community through regular volunteer work for:
- Adopt a Highway
- CLD Campus Cleanup
- Boys and Girls Club
- Hospitality House
- Hoosier Hills Food Bank
We are always actively seeking opportunities to help the community.
Membership operations is one of the major undertakings of Chapter. The Membership committee is primarily responsible for the recruiting, training, and initiation of future members of Chapter. Each semester begins with a rush process, whereby the entire chapter undertakes an enormous marketing effort to attract the best and brightest at the Kelley School of Business (and IU). The rush process culminates in a weekend of interviews. Selection is based primarily upon observed potential to contribute to the organization as a value-adding member.
When New York University announced in 1900 that it would open an evening school for instruction in commerce, accounts, and finance, and would give a university degree to those who, have successfully qualified for admission, should successfully complete the course, the announcement was received with doubt throughout the country. The doubt manifested and the need for student loyalty in supporting the new idea was in no small measure the reason for Alpha Kappa Psi's creation.
Prior to 1900, schools of business had been established at the University of Pennsylvania (1881), the University of Chicago (1898), and the University of California (1898). The class that entered NYU in the fall of 1902, four months after the first of the new degrees had been awarded by the university, was unique in several respects. First, it was a three-year class; second, all students studied the same subjects; third, there were no textbooks--everything was new and somewhat crude; fourth, Dean Haskins died during the first semester; and fifth, Dean Johnson was promoted to the deanship during the same year. Other things occurred that had strong bearings on the early development of the Fraternity. The Founders occupied the same seats five nights a week. They became acquainted with one another. Four men from Brooklyn (Bergen, Jefferson, Lane, Leach), later known as the Brooklyn Four, walked home from school together over the Brooklyn Bridge.
The spirit of brotherhood grew so strong in the hearts and minds of the men from Brooklyn that early in the second year, they decided to suggest to the other members of their class that something be done to perpetuate it, and Alpha Kappa Psi, the first professional fraternity in business, was founded at an organization meeting held on October 5, 1904. On March 20, 1905, formal application was made to the State of New York for a charter of incorporation for Alpha Kappa Psi. This application was drawn up in the hand-writing of Frederic R. Leach and was signed by the ten Founders: George L. Bergen, Irving L. Camp, Robert S. Douglas, Daniel V. Duff, Howard M. Jefferson, Nathan Lane Jr., Frederic R. Leach, Morris S. Rachmil, William O. Tremaine, and Herbert M. Wright. The application was approved and the charter of incorporation officially issued in the name of Alpha Kappa Psi on May 20, 1905. In 1920, Beta Chapter at the University of Denver was installed; in 1911, Gamma at Northwestern University; in 1912 Delta was established at the University of Pittsburg. Thus began the national development of Alpha Kappa Psi.
In August 1976, women were admitted into the Fraternity under President Richard Reis at the Minneapolis Convention. Beverly Grimm, Mideast Region, became the first female Regional Director in 1981, and Carol R. Carter was the first female National Officer when she was elected to the position of Vice President - College Chapters at the St. Louis Convention in 1985. Now, over 250 College Chapters and over 80 Alumni Chapters have been installed, over 170,000 members have been inducted, and Alpha Kappa Psi is one of the largest American College Fraternities.
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