"My involvement with Beta Alpha Psi began as a member in 1976 at California State University, Sacramento, chapter. There was only one other woman in the masters of accounting program and she was a member as well. Our Beta Alpha Psi membership was a major factor in our selection for on campus interviews. Our chapter members were so dedicated to learning about career opportunities that we drove two hours one way to San Francisco to tour the Arthur Andersen office (they had no office in Sacramento but recruited at our school). We also toured a California state government computer processing facility during a time when computer projects were submitted for processing on punch cards. Our Sacramento FBI office tour happened shortly after Squeaky Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford so accounting-related job aspects were minimized and law enforcement was emphasized. As a college professor I have been honored to be a Beta Alpha Psi chapter faculty advisor at the University of San Francisco for over twenty years. Today’s members are more diverse than in my student member days and have the same dedication to professional development and community service. Job markets have been both hot and cold during my faculty advisor years but the student members have always been supportive of one another. Today’s members have the qualities and skills to bring Beta Alpha Psi successfully into the future."
Beta Alpha Psi provides accounting, finance and MIS students an avenue to connect with their peers and established professionals early in their career. Participation in BAP allows students to learn first-hand that no matter what professional path they choose, there’s a CPA for that. A career in the accounting profession offers unparalleled opportunity to work throughout the world, in any industry. The AICPA supports students along their journey to CPA by providing resources each step of the way.