Association of College Honor Societies


Psi Chi


Admitted to ACHS: 1965

Founded at Yale University, September 4, 1929

No of Active Chapters: 1125

Total Membership: 595962

Annual/current Membership: 23392

Number of Regions: 6

Publications: Eye on Psi Chi, Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research

PURPOSE: To encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.


Student members shall be students who are majoring or minoring in psychology or a closely related field and who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs in the institution of higher education represented by the chapter at the time of induction.

  1. Undergraduate criteria. Undergraduate students shall have completed at least three semesters (or five quarters) of full-time coursework at an institution of higher education and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that ranks in the top 35% of their class. Psi Chi defines class as all sophomores, all juniors, and all seniors across an institution. The top 35% cutoffs for each class shall be determined using the largest group for which comparison grades are available-the entire institution when available or, if necessary, the unit that houses the psychology department. If the top 35% cutoff for a chapter falls below 3.0, chapters must use a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The intent of an honor society is to represent excellence among peers. Consequently, the use of a GPA can be used as a proxy for class rank if rank data are not readily available. However, the GPA should reflect distinction among students within the major and across the institution and therefore be at least 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale where: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0. Furthermore, chapters should endeavor to calibrate their scholastic standards regularly to ensure that the criteria of excellence among peers are maintained. Any chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher scholastic criteria for induction than the Society's standards.

    In addition, undergraduate students must also have completed nine semester hours (or fourteen quarter hours) of psychology courses for which they have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. These standards are in accordance with the minimum standards of the Association of College Honor Societies.
  2. Graduate Criteria. Graduate students must be accepted and enrolled in a psychology graduate program (or a psychology-related graduate program) that includes required course work offered by faculty with doctorates in psychology. Graduate students must also have completed nine semester hours (or fourteen quarter hours) of graduate courses and shall have a minimum overall cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in their program. In addition, none of a student's individual course grades may be below the minimum acceptable standard of the program in which the student is enrolled.

Alumni Members

  1. Definition. Any individual who was inducted into Psi Chi and is no longer a current student is considered an alumni member.
  2. Alumni Inductees. Persons graduated from an institution prior to the establishment of the Psi Chi chapter may be elected to membership by that local chapter if they meet the current criteria for student membership based their final transcript at that institution.
  3. Faculty Members. Members of the faculty may be elected by the local chapter for an alumni member status in Psi Chi if they have a master's or doctorate in psychology or closely related field.

Distinguished Members

Distinguished members are prominent professionals associated with the field of psychology and/or who are individuals who have shown outstanding service to the mission of Psi Chi. Distinguished members are nominated, reviewed, and approved at the sole discretion of the Psi Chi Board of Directors. They are considered alumni members but they pay no dues or fees of any kind. See

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: The Society holds annual national conventions and six annual regional conventions that feature student paper and poster sessions, distinguished lecturers, and a variety of symposia and workshops; sponsors twenty-four award and grant programs that include undergraduate and graduate research awards, undergraduate and faculty advisor research grants, summer research opportunities, chapter and advisor awards, conference grants, and website awards; publishes the quarterly magazine Eye on Psi Chi and the quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research; administers a comprehensive website that offers national society news, publications and forms, member and chapter information, new member registration, and a merchandise store; and sponsors national service projects. Self-governing local chapters, operating under the auspices of the International Society, sponsor a variety of programs that promote research, educational enrichment, career advancement and planning, service to others, and social interaction. The Board of Directors meets twice a year.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich, Executive Director, Psi Chi Central Office, 651 East 4th Street, Suite 600, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Tel: (423) 756-2044  Fax: (423) 265-1529

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 12/6/2017