Beta Alpha Psi
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Beta Alpha Psi was first established at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on February 12, 1919.
Originally an organization dedicated towards accounting, the fraternity emerged from an accounting club made in 1917 by Hiram Scovill, an accounting professor, his colleague, and students from his CPA Problems course. During February 1921, Beta Alpha Psi officially became a national organization with the adoption of a national constitution, making Illinois BAP the Alpha Chapter. In less than nine years, Beta Alpha Psi grew from 11 members to more than 900. Currently, there are more than 329 chapters with over 200,000 current and alumni members.
Our Alpha Chapter fosters and recognizes academic excellence by focusing on our 3 Pillars.
Beta Alpha Psi was originally founded on the three basic principles of scholarship, practicality, and sociability. Over the years, we've adapted our 3 pillars to help our actives develop professionally with personalized programs, resources and mentors, create a social network of life-long friends, goal driven peers and achieved alumni, and give back to the Champaign-Urbana community by participating in philanthropic efforts.
As we learn to share and grow as a community, we are given the opportunity to strengthen our understanding of what it means to be invested in both individual success as well as public welfare.
We are partnered with Cunningham Children's Home - a children's home located right here in Urbana and do monthly visits, supply donations, fundraising and more!
We pride ourselves on providing numerous events and opportunities, allowing all members to network with corporate professionals and Illinois BAP alumni.
Our Internal Development Team provides candidates and actives with many professional opportunities like: Weekly Corporate Events (with companies like Boeing, KMPG, EY, Plant Moran), 1-1 Resume Reviews, Mock Interviews, Alumni Mentorship Program, Case Competitions and more.
We recognize the importance of forming and maintaining strong relationships with past and current BAP members so we host a large number of social events to turn this chapter into a family.
Each semester, we also have 4 families so that BAP members have a chance to bond in a smaller and more intimate setting. Families host their own events in addition to BAP wide events like family paintball, movie nights, cookie baking and more, and a family competition!