Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an International Honors Organization for Accounting and Finance students looking to make the most of their college career by seamlessly bridging the gap between academia and the professional world through extracurricular efforts. From bap.org:

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.

More specifically, BAP at Portland State provides students with unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills, expand their professional and peer networks, and begin their career journeys miles ahead of the competition.

What does BAP look like at Portland State?

Founded in 1972, Epsilon Alpha (PSU’s local chapter of Beta Alpha Psi) is a premier honors organization that truly pushes the boundaries of what an individual chapter can achieve. Serving all accounting students at Portland State we offer a wide variety of programming regardless of membership status. That said the development opportunities only get sweeter once you’ve made the decision to become a candidate!

We focus on the cultivation of a ‘leader-full’ organization, and believe that the facilitation of members’ personal growth is the most effective way our organization has to achieve this goal. Whether you’re you want to develop your soft-skills, professional writing, and public speaking by contributing to a project in progress, are ready to step up and lead a team of motivated peers to victory in a national competition, or you have an incredible passion for that you’d like to see realized through a new initiative, there’s a place for you in Epsilon Alpha.

Why join BAP? (from bap.org)

Membership in Beta Alpha Psi includes those persons of good moral character who have achieved scholastic and/or professional excellence in the fields of accounting, finance, or information systems, who have been initiated by an existing chapter, and who remain in good standing. Minimum scholastic requirements for undergraduate membership are set forth in the by-laws. Graduate student initiates must have been accepted and matriculated into a masters degree level program. Individual chapters may establish higher admission criteria.

For more information on becoming a member of Epsilon Alpha, including application submission and specific international / chapter membership requirements, head over to our Membership page!