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Alpha Kappa Psi
Professional Co-Ed Business Fraternity

Overview

In 1904, Alpha Kappa Psi was founded on the principles of educating its members and the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals in business and to further the individual welfare of members during college and beyond. College men and women everywhere are discovering that Alpha Kappa Psi is much more than just another organization or club—it is a unique, prestigious association of students, professors, graduates and professionals with common interests and goals. They join Alpha Kappa Psi to take advantage of valuable educational, friendship and networking opportunities.

Alpha Kappa Psi's 
have the advantages of:

  • Networking
  • Professional Development
  • Lifelong Friends
  • Unique opportunities to build relationships with professors outside of class
  • Community service involvement
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Exclusive access to regional and national leadership conferences
  • Involvement on campus
  • Peer mentoring
  • Classmates to form study groups with
  • Socials and other non-academic related activities

Our members benefit from:

Experience
The main focus of Alpha Kappa Psi is to provide leadership development, personal and professional training and the fundamental ingredient higher education misses—experience. Through professional development, educational programs, community service and a hands-on application of formal education, Alpha Kappa Psi students use the business skills they are taught in the classroom to acquire life skills such as the art of compromise, consensus building, project management, team building and networking.

Friendship
Members form meaningful, lifelong friendships with a multitude of people, from fellow students to local business leaders and faculty. The bonds of brotherhood unite members regardless of age, location and experience. 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.

Teamwork 
Through teamwork, our members gain an understanding of the importance of service, develop an appreciation of diversity, and utilize critical thinking skills to overcome challenges and celebrate successes. The fraternity experience provides students with an ideal, non-threatening environment for establishing individual relationships while members work together to make the most out of their involvement in Alpha Kappa Psi. Teamwork is a valuable skill that ranks very high among recruiters.

Professional Development 
When you join Alpha Kappa Psi, you join an elite group of professionals who are committed to keeping their skills sharp and careers on track. This is accomplished through professional programs at various levels. Fraternity programs include regional Success Institutes, The Academy, Case Competition and the College of Leadership. Members gain many valuable skills on the local level as they operate their chapters as "franchises" of Alpha Kappa Psi. Such professional development, when marketed to employers, will set you apart from your peers.

Dedication 
Alpha Kappa Psi encourages each member to improve his or her campus and community. This, combined with chapter philanthropy and service projects, result in a level of service unmatched by other college organizations. Thousands of hours and dollars are contributed to worthy charities by Alpha Kappa Psi chapters each year—now that's making a difference!

History

Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest co-ed business fraternity in the United States. It began in 1900, when New York University began offering degrees in the fields of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance. Prior to NYU's announcement, only three other universities had schools for business. Therefore, the announcement of such a degree was met with much doubt. The need for student loyalty was essential in the success of this business school and was, in part, the reason Alpha Kappa Psi was formed. The entering class of 1900 included four very special men from Brooklyn: Mr. Howard M. Jefferson, Mr. Frederick R. Leach, Mr. Nathan Lane Jr., and Mr. George L. Bergen. They developed such a strong spirit of brotherhood that they decided to invite more students to join this group of elite leaders. Six more men were recruited, and the first official meeting was held on October 5, 1904. The meeting consisted of the Brooklyn Four, Mr. Irving L. Camp, Mr. Robert S. Douglas, Mr. Daniel V. Duff, Mr. Morris S. Rachmil, Mr. William O. Tremaine, and Mr. Herbert M. Wright. On March 20, 1905, the Ten Founding Fathers applied to the State of New York to grant a charter to their organization, Alpha Kappa Psi. The application was approved exactly two months later. Thus began the tradition of enhancing the education of thousands of business students nationwide. Nearly a century later, Alpha Kappa Psi has grown to a membership exceeding 175,000 in 260 chapters within the United States and United Kingdom. Beta Rho Chapter was first chartered during the 1942-43 academic year at West Virginia University. The Beta Rho Chapter has been active most recently since April 18, 1998.

Vision

Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders.

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