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.