About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.


The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.

This includes:

  • promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems,
  • providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals,
  • and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.


Beta Alpha Psi is governed by a constitution and bylaws.

The governing body is the Board of Directors.


Beta Alpha Psi gains a portion of its annual budget from a charter maintenance fee and a one-time initiation fee.

Although there are other minor revenues from royalties and interest on investments, the bulk of the receipts come from contributions from industry, consulting and professional service firms.


The emblem of Beta Alpha Psi denotes the promise of careers for financial information professionals. The rising sun signifies these professional positions as rising ever higher among economic activities. The crossed keys symbolize knowledge as a means of opening the doors of the financial world. The letters Beta, Alpha, and Psi denote scholarship, social responsibility, and practicality, respectively. 

Did you know?

11 members were initiated into the first BAP chapter.

First African-American member, William L. Camfield, initiated.

First female member, Jeannine Skelton (McKee) initiated.

Initiation fee was $7.50.

  • 2016 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting 8/4-6 {2016}

What should you do if you don't see your school on our active chapters list?

Find out what it takes to start your own chapter. Review our Petitioning Process and let us know how we can help you along the way.


Beta Alpha Psi had a great 2015! Flip through our Annual Report to see a recap of
the highlights - competitions,
meetings and award winners.