Beta Alpha Psi is the honor organization for financial information students and professionals in the United States. They have well over 300 chapters on college and university campuses and are made up of over 300,000 members who were initiated into the organization while receiving a university education. They were founded in 1919 as a means for professionals and soon to be graduates to network.
Beta Alpha Psi’s primary objective is to promote on-campus student activity in regards to accounting, finance, and information systems. They strive to encourage students to study this area and provide the means for students in this area to meet and connect. Additionally the provide students and graduated members with opportunities to learn about self-development and community service. Most importantly they encourage their members to represent themselves as individuals in a responsible, ethical, social, and publicly reliable manner while also representing the organization in the same way.
Like many similar organizations, Beta Alpha Psi is funded through an annual budget of the organization. This includes a charter maintenance fee and a one-time initiation fee provided to each charter. The bulk of the funding though comes from contributions from the financial industry including consulting firms and professional service firms. Charters are allowed to use and find other smaller means of finding minor revenue flows as well.
Albert Cyprys was the vice-president of the Alpha Beta Psi chapter while he was a student at Fairfield University. He received his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in accounting while at Fairfield University.