History of Gold, Superior, Distinguished Chapters

In 1975, the National Council (now the International Board of Directors) approved three categories of chapter recognition, “Superior”, “Excellent” and “Meritorious”.  In 1979, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., (now KPMG) began sponsoring the Outstanding Chapter Awards, recognizing award-seeking chapters as Superior and Distinguished. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, chapters who desired to be recognized as Superior or Distinguished improved their chapter programs to achieve these benchmarks of excellence. Chapters brought in professionals from local accounting offices to promote professional development by improving soft-skills such as resume building, interviewing techniques, business writing skills and verbal presentation skills. Additionally, technical skills in the areas of accounting, finance, information systems and other topics were introduced or reinforced, helping develop well-rounded professionals. Award-seeking chapters also increased their efforts in providing service to their local communities. Superior status and Distinguished status have consistently been a wonderful incentive for chapters to provide useful value to their members.

In 1979, 32 chapters were recognized as Superior and 12 chapters were recognized as Distinguished. In 2018, the number increased to represent over one-half of the eligible chapters, with 155 chapters awarded Superior status and 50 awarded Distinguished status.

In 2009, KPMG and the KPMG Foundation added a new judged competition allowing Superior chapters (two-years in a row) to submit a video showcasing how they went above and beyond being a Superior chapter, nominating the chapter for Gold chapter status. This became the Gold Challenge competition. 

Beta Alpha Psi is grateful to KPMG LLP and the KPMG Foundation for their long-term support of BAP’s most valued awards

Please see the sections below, organized by region, for a breakdown of each schools' total count of Gold, Superior and Distinguished awards.

For a more detailed list of each schools awards from 1979-2018, click here.

Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Mu New York University 0 19 3
Xi Syracuse University 0 8 1
Alpha Gamma CUNY - Baruch College 0 10 2
Alpha Phi Temple University 0 13 7
Alpha Psi West Virginia University 0 8 7
Alpha Omega Fordham University 0 28 0
Beta Epsilon Lehigh University 0 1 0
Beta Theta The Pennsylvania State University 0 1 6
Gamma Lambda Virginia Tech 0 32 3
Gamma Nu Northeastern University 0 0 0
Gamma Upsilon University of Rhode Island 0 1 0
Delta Nu University of Massachusetts - Amherst 0 7 2
Delta Pi Hofstra University 1 34 0
Delta Tau Drexel University 0 0 3
Epsilon Zeta Virginia Commonwealth University 0 39 1
Epsilon Lambda University of Connecticut  0 22 
Epsilon Sigma The George Washington University  6
Zeta Eta  Clarkson University 
Zeta Theta  SUNY at Buffalo  8 36 
Zeta Xi Seton Hall University 
Zeat Pi  Old Dominion University 2 23 
Eta Delta James Madison University  30  2
Eta Mu St. John's University  19 
Eta Nu  Howard University 
Eta Pi  University at Albany 
Eta Upsilon  Loyola University Maryland 
Theta Alpha  George Mason University 
Theta Gamma  Bentley University  13 
Theta Delta  Suffolk University  15
Theta Iota  University of Baltimore  0
Theta Mu  Rutgers University-New Brunswick 
Theta Rho  Binghamton University 
Theta Chi  Duquesne University 
Iota Zeta  Towson University 
Iota Lambda  Pace University  21 
Iota Pi  Salisbury University  12 
Iota Psi  Fairfield University 
Kappa Alpha  Morgan State University 
Kappa Gamma  Rutgers University - Camden 
Kappa Epsilon  Rider University 
Kappa Zeta  St. John's University - Staten Island Campus 
Kappa Iota  Widener University 
Kappa Omicron  Long Island University - Post  11 
Kappa Upsilon  University of Pittsburgh  14 
Kappa Phi  Marshall University  15 
Kappa Omega  Villanova University 
Lambda Zeta  SUNY Oswego  14 
Lambda Eta Marist College 
Lambda Pi  Manhattan College 
Lambda Chi  Niagara University 
Mu Alpha  Ithaca College 
Mu Epsilon  Western New England University 
Mu Eta  The College of New Jersey 
Mu Upsilon  Adelphi University 
Mu Phi  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 
Mu Chi  University of Hartford 
Mu Omega  Stonehill College 
Nu Alpha  Quinnipiac University 
Nu Beta  Radford University 
Nu Zeta  West Chester University 
Nu Kappa  University of Scranton 
Nu Lambda  Roger Williams University  0
Nu Mu  Washington and Lee University 
Nu Xi  Siena College 
Nu Omicron  Iona College 
Nu Sigma  Fairleigh Dickinson University 
Xi Delta  Robert Morris University 
Petitioning  Central Connecticut State University 
Petitioning  University of New Haven 
Petitioning  Ramapo College of New Jersey 
Petitioning Rowan University 0 0 0
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Alpha University of Illinois 0 1 6
Omicron The Ohio State University 0 22 9
Pi Case Western Reserve University 0 11 12
Sigma University of Wisconsin - Madison 0 0 5
Psi Marquette University 1 28 2
Omega Miami University 0 4 1
Alpha Kappa Ohio University 0 17 0
Alpha Xi University of Detroit Mercy 0 0 0
Alpha Sigma University of Cincinnati 0 4 2
Alpha Upsilon Bowling Green State University 0 39 1
Beta Alpha Indiana University 0 6 2
Beta Gamma DePaul University 0 1 4
Beta Iota Loyola University Chicago 0 6 4
Beta Sigma University of Notre Dame 0 1 14
Beta Psi Kent State University 0 17 3
Gamma Epsilon University of Toledo 0 18 1
Gamma Zeta Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 0 27 3
Gamma Eta The University of Akron 0 29 4
Gamma Pi Northern Illinois University 0 21 8
Gamma Rho Western Michigan University 0 35 3
Delta Psi Cleveland State University 0 9 6
Epsilon Rho University of Wisconsin - Whitewater 0 31 6
Epsilon Phi Wayne State University 0 4 3
Epsilon Omega Eastern Michigan University 0 29 1
Zeta Alpha Purdue University 0 0 8
Zeta Beta Western Illinois University 4 29 1
Zeta Lambda Bradley University 6 21 4
Zeta Omicron University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 0 23 1
Zeta Omega Ball State University 0 31 2
Eta Epsilon Central Michigan University 0 19 4
Eta Zeta University of Dayton 0 8 7
Eta Theta University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 0 15 7
Eta Xi University of Michigan - Flint 0 9 8
Eta Phi Oakland University - Michigan 0 26 0
Eta Psi Wright State University 0 19 0
Theta Epsilon Indiana State University 0 5 1
Theta Kappa University of Illinois at Chicago 0 0 0
Theta Omega Eastern Illinois University 0 18 3
Iota Rho University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 0 6 7
Iota Upsilon University of Wisconsin- La Crosse 0 6 5
Kappa Beta Grand Valley State University 0 13 5
Kappa Delta Illinois State University 0 0 0
Kappa Lambda Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 0 3 4
Kappa Xi Youngstown State University 0 14 1
Kappa Sigma University of Michigan-Dearborn 0 14 1
Lambda Iota Northern Michigan University 0 0 2
Lambda Mu University of Southern Indiana 0 11 2
Mu Delta Ohio Northern University 0 6 4
Mu Rho Xavier University 0 0 0
Xi Beta Purdue University Northwest 0 0 1
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Zeta University of North Dakota 0 2 6
Alpha Nu Creighton University 0 27 3
Alpha Pi University of Iowa 0 21 2
Gamma Theta University of Missouri 0 1 1
Gamma Kappa University of Nebraska at Omaha 0 15 7
Gamma Mu Drake University (Re-Petitioning) 0 0 4
Gamma Psi University of Missouri - St. Louis 0 23 4
Delta Omicron University of Nebraska - Lincoln 0 28 7
Epsilon Delta University of Missouri - Kansas City 0 25 4
Epsilon Theta Kansas State University 0 17 5
Zeta Nu Saint Louis University 0 5 9
Theta Pi Missouri State University 0 22 1
Theta Upsilon University of South Dakota 0 10 2
Iota Beta Iowa State University 0 4 6
Iota Mu University of Central Missouri 0 19 1
Kappa Nu Truman State University 0 18 0
Kappa Chi Western Illinois University - Quad Cities 0 0 0
Lambda Alpha University of Kansas 0 0 0
Lambda Gamma Pittsburg State University 0 0 6
Lambda Psi Emporia State University 0 1 6
Mu Nu University of Nebraska - Kearney 0 0 1
Mu Xi Southeast Missouri State University 0 10 0
Mu Omicron Washburn University 0 0 0
Nu Iota Washington University in St. Louis 0 1 2
Nu Chi Minnesota State University Mankato 0 2 1
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Beta University of Oregon 4 16 3
Delta University of Washington 3 28 5
Epsilon Oregon State University 0 26 4
Delta Epsilon Washington State University 0 26 6
Delta Eta Seattle University 4 26 5
Delta Kappa University of Montana 0 16 1
Delta Rho Pacific Lutheran University 0 1 2
Delta Sigma Eastern Washington University 0 9 4
Epsilon Alpha Portland State University 0 21 10
Zeta Psi Boise State University 2 23 7
Theta Phi Western Washington University 0 23 0
Iota Gamma University of Idaho 0 12 4
Iota Delta Gonzaga University 0 16 1
Lambda Upsilon Seattle Pacific University 0 0 0
Mu Psi University of Washington Bothell 0 9 0
Nu Epsilon Central Washington University 0 4 2
Nu Theta Washington State University - Vancouver 1 5 1
Nu Omega University of Portland 0 0 4
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Lambda Omega The University of Sydney - Australia 2 10 0
The Auckland  The University of Auckland Business School 0 1 4
The Massey  Massey University  Albany - College of Business 0 0 1
Upsilon Tau Sigma University of Technology Sydney 0 1 1
The Waikato University of Waikato  0 0 0
The Victoria Wellington Victoria University of Wellington 0 0 0
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Nu University of Colorado at Boulder 0 3 2
Alpha Zeta University of Denver 2 24 2
Gamma Alpha Brigham Young University 0 35 3
Gamma Tau Colorado State University 0 23 8
Delta Alpha University of Wyoming 0 18 4
Delta Omega Utah State University 1 40 0
Epsilon Xi University of Utah 3 35 2
Eta Lambda Idaho State University 0 18 2
Eta Chi Montana State University - Bozeman  0 14 7
Theta Nu Fort Lewis College 0 20 3
Theta Xi The University of New Mexico 0 11 8
Theta Sigma University of Colorado Denver 0 8 9
Theta Tau Weber State University 0 15 3
Theta Psi University of Northern Colorado 1 18 1
Mu Pi Utah Valley University 0 1 1
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Upsilon University of Florida 0 7 0
Phi Louisiana State University 2 20 2
Alpha Beta The University of Alabama 2 22 6
Alpha Theta University of Mississippi 1 10 2
Alpha Lambda University of Tennessee at Knoxville 0 22 10
Alpha Mu University of Kentucky 0 31 2
Beta Kappa Mississippi State University 0 21 5
Beta Mu Georgia State University - School of Accountancy 0 18 8
Beta Nu Tulane University 0 0 1
Beta Xi University of Miami 0 16 8
Beta Rho Florida State University 0 30 9
Beta Upsilon University of Georgia 0 28 6
Gamma Beta University of South Carolina 0 27 8
Gamma Chi The University of Memphis 0 33 0
Delta Gamma University of South Florida 9 39 0
Delta Chi University of Alabama at Birmingham 0 14 2
Epsilon Beta University of South Alabama 0 5 3
Epsilon Gamma University of Central Florida 1 21 6
Epsilon Kappa Appalachian State University 0 35 3
Epsilon Nu Murray State University 0 31 0
Epsilon Omicron Auburn University 0 24 5
Epsilon Upsilon Emory University-Goizueta Business School 0 8 0
Zeta Gamma Middle Tennessee State University 0 15 2
Zeta Delta Georgia Southern University 0 20 4
Zeta Mu The University of Southern Mississippi 0 18 2
Zeta Rho Clemson University 0 19 8
Zeta Sigma North Carolina A&T State University 1 34 1
Zeta Phi Tennessee Tech University 0 20 1
Zeta Chi University of North Carolina at Greensboro 0 6 5
Eta Alpha University of North Carolina at Charlotte 1 21 1
Eta Gamma University of Louisville 0 20 7
Eta Iota Florida International University 4 24 6
Eta Kappa University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 0 16 4
Eta Omicron Western Kentucky University 0 17 2
Eta Tau Florida Atlantic University 0 22 2
Eta Omega East Tennessee State University 0 1 6
Theta Zeta Millsaps College 0 0 3
Iota Alpha University of North Carolina Wilmington 0 0 3
Iota Theta University of Alabama in Huntsville 0 0 0
Iota Xi East Carolina University/College of Business 0 0 0
Iota Tau Kennesaw State University 0 3 4
Iota Phi University of West Florida 0 1 0
Iota Omega North Carolina State University 0 3 10
Kappa Pi Samford University 0 10 2
Kappa Rho Winthrop University 0 9 2
Lambda Beta The University of Tampa 3 11 2
Lambda Delta Stetson University 0 1 2
Lambda Epsilon Winston Salem State University 0 3 0
Lambda Theta South Carolina State University 0 0 1
Lambda Kappa Coastal Carolina University 0 6 3
Lambda Nu Belmont University 0 1 9
Lambda Xi Elon University 1 11 1
Lambda Phi Georgia College & State University 0 0 0
Mu Beta College of Charleston 0 0 3
Mu Gamma University of South Florida St. Petersburg 0 10 1
Mu Zeta Valdosta State University 2 9 2
Mu Theta Tennessee State University 0 0 0
Mu Lambda Florida Gulf Coast University 0 9 1
Nu Gamma University of North Georgia 0 4 3
Nu Delta Western Carolina University 0 0 0
Nu Upsilon Mercer University 0 0 0
Nu Phi Jacksonville State University 0 1 1
Xi Alpha University of South Carolina Upstate 0 1 1
Xi Gamma Auburn University at Montgomery 0 0 0
Xi Zeta University of North Alabama 0 2 0
Petitioning University of North Florida 0 0 0
Petitioning Florida Southern College 0 0 0
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Chi Oklahoma State University 0 24 5
Alpha Epsilon Southern Methodist University (Re-Petitioning) 0 0 0
Alpha Iota University of Arkansas 3 29 3
Alpha Rho Baylor University 0 9 5
Alpha Chi Louisiana Tech University 0 23 2
Beta Zeta Loyola University New Orleans 0 0 0
Beta Pi University of North Texas 0 25 7
Gamma Delta University of Houston 0 13 4
Gamma Sigma University of New Orleans 0 19 4
Gamma Phi University of Texas at Arlington 0 28 6
Delta Lambda New Mexico State University 0 19 2
Delta Xi Texas Southern University 0 0 0
Epsilon Mu Stephen F. Austin State University 0 32 8
Epsilon Pi  University of Arkansas at Little Rock 0 2 2
Epsilon Tau Wichita State University 0 29 4
Zeta Epsilon Texas A&M University-Commerce 0 1 3
Zeta Tau Lamar University 0 4 5
Zeta Upsilon University of Houston - Clear Lake 0 16 6
Eta Beta University of Texas at San Antonio 0 11 7
Eta Rho University of Tulsa 0 11 10
Eta Sigma University of Louisiana at Monroe 1 17 0
Theta Beta University of Texas at El Paso 1 25 0
Theta Eta Southeastern Louisiana University 0 19 1
Theta Lambda University of Central Arkansas 1 10 1
Iota Nu University of Oklahoma 0 0 0
Iota Sigma Nicholls State University 0 0 0
Kappa Eta Texas State University 1 16 1
Kappa Theta University of Louisiana at Lafayette 3 19 0
Kappa Mu Sam Houston State University 1 7 4
Lambda Omicron University of Texas at Dallas 0 0 0
Mu Kappa University of Texas at Tyler 0 6 3
Nu Eta University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 0 2 1
Nu Psi Prairie View A&M University 0 0 0
Petitioning University of St. Thomas-Houston 0 0 1
Petitioning Northwestern State University 0 0 1
Chapter Name School Name Gold Superior Distinguished
Iota University of Southern California 2 21 5
Lambda University of California Berkeley 0 5 4
Beta Eta San Diego State University 4 29 4
Beta Lambda California State University - Los Angeles 0 17 3
Beta Omicron University of Arizona 0 20 5
Beta Tau Arizona State University 0 11 5
Beta Phi California State University - Sacramento 1 22 1
Beta Chi San Francisco State University 1 24 2
Gamma Xi San Jose State University 0 16 11
Gamma Omicron California State University - Fresno 0 27 4
Gamma Omega California State University - Long Beach 0 30 5
Delta Beta California State University, Fullerton 1 27 6
Delta Zeta California State University - Chico 0 8 7
Delta Theta University of Hawaii - Manoa 1 28 6
Delta Upsilon Northern Arizona University 0 23 5
Epsilon Iota University of San Francisco 0 8 10
Epsilon Chi California State University - Northridge 3 32 5
Epsilon Psi California State University - East Bay 0 29 5
Zeta Iota University of Nevada - Reno 0 16 7
Zeta Kappa University of San Diego 0 26 0
Theta Omicron University of Nevada - Las Vegas 3 21 1
Iota Eta California State University - San Bernardino 0 12 4
Iota Kappa University of the Pacific 0 0 0
Iota Chi California State Polytechnic University - Pomona 0 6 2
Lambda Rho California State University - Stanislaus 0 0 1
Lambda Sigma University of California - Los Angeles 0 6 0
Nu Pi University of California, Irvine 0 0 0
Nu Rho University of California Riverside 0 0 0