Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Beta Alpha Psi

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Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor organization, founded in 1919, for financial information students and professionals. It is not a fraternity or sorority, but an honors organization. It is widely recognized as the premier honor society for college students in the financial disciplines. Members have exclusive access to industry professionals, alumni and faculty at member-only events.

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. BAP has earned the respect of accounting firms, industry, and faculty because it maintains high standards and expectations for members. Our success is dependent on the strong, active participation of our members.

Students are initially eligible to participate in Beta Alpha Psi as a candidate. The requirement that corresponds to candidate status is a declared or intended concentration in accounting, finance, or information systems.

Candidate status has a one-time fee of $75.

After fulfilling the following requirements, students are eligible for full member status in the organization:

1. Declared concentration in accounting, finance, or information systems

2. Completion of one and one half years of collegiate courses and at least one major course (accounting, finance, business analytics or digital technology corresponding to major area) beyond the principles or introductory level

3. A 3.0 cumulative GPA (A = 4.00) in upper level major courses

4. A 3.0 cumulative GPA (A = 4.00) in all subjects completed

Full member status has a one-time fee of $140, granting life-time membership.

If you meet the above requirements and intend to join, please understand that it is very important that you participate in the activities of the organization. Active membership is important not only to take advantage of your privileges of membership, but also to fulfill our requirements as part of the Beta Alpha Psi international organization. A significant majority of our professional, technical, and social gatherings are held in the afternoon and evening. Information concerning membership is available on the Loyola BAP website. If you have any additional questions regarding membership, please contact the faculty advisor: Professor Kathy Horton (khorton3@luc.edu). 

Application for Membership

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is a national accounting, finance, and information systems honor society whose broad objective is to promote and recognize scholastic achievement and professional excellence between accounting, finance, and information systems students and alumni. The Loyola University Chicago Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was chartered in 1960 and continues to grow in strength and diversity. Our faculty advisor, Professor Kathy Horton, provides us with guidance and nurturing.

We have earned the respect of accounting firms, industry, and faculty because we maintain high standards and expectations of our members. Our success is dependent on the strong, active participation of our members.

What We Do

In seeking to promote and recognize scholastic achievement and professional excellence between accounting, finance, and information systems students and alumni, our detailed objectives include:

  • To encourage interest in the accounting, finance, and information systems professions
  • To provide opportunities for members to interact with accounting and business professionals, faculty, and other students
  • To provide informative programs, encouraging the development of professional growth
  • To provide assistance to campus and community organizations, as well as to encourage cooperation and association with other student organizations and BAP Chapters
  • To increase interaction with Chicago area accounting firms and industry through promotion of accounting, finance, and information systems excellence, as well as participation in placement service activities and industry tours

Community Service

Beta Alpha Psi assists different groups in our community. Each semester we attempt to help those in need through activities with not-for-profit organizations in Chicago.

Campus & Student Services

Each year, BAP sponsors a "Meet the Firms Night," where accounting, finance, and information systems students have the opportunity to speak one-on-one to representatives of firms and companies who are presently hiring Loyola students. A portion of this event is restricted to BAP members.

BAP also has the opportunity to interact with other Beta Alpha Psi chapters during the annual regional meetings and national meetings. Regional meetings are typically held in Chicago or another Midwest location, while the national meeting is held in various locations throughout the country. These meetings are designed to give members an opportunity to become more aware of issues presently impacting the accounting, finance, and information systems professions and to provide members an open forum to discuss issues impacting their chapters. During these meetings, active members also have presented their award-winning technical manuscripts.

Professional & Technical Programs

Beta Alpha Psi sponsors technical programs each semester. These programs are designed to enhance the students' knowledge base, supplement class material, aid students in selecting careers, and provide an opportunity for students to interact with accounting, finance, information systems, and industry professionals.

Social Interaction

Beta Alpha Psi organizes various social events to help develop interpersonal communication skills that are necessary during the recruiting season. Professional relationships developed through social contact at Beta Alpha Psi events are valuable assets to have for both the present and the future.

Leadership Opportunities

Full members in the organization have the ability to become board members and officers of the chapter. These leadership positions give excellent experience in managing and decision-making and evidence a student's initiative and commitment to their profession