Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi, a national academic honor society, promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students, and honors those who achieve such distinction. Alpha Chi members have been “making scholarship effective for good“ since 1922. California Gamma, the APU chapter, was chartered in 1969.

Alpha Chi member recruitment occurs once a year in the fall semester, with the membership induction ceremony scheduled early in the spring semester. Membership is by invitation only, and is limited to the top-ranking 10 percent of APU’s junior and senior undergraduates, adult and professional studies students, and graduate students. Invitations to join Alpha Chi are emailed to students’ APU-designated email accounts. Those invited to join Alpha Chi must complete the membership registration documents by the deadline noted in the invitation, as late membership applications are not accepted.

Faculty Sponsor: Joe Bentz, PhD, professor, Department of English Contact:

Alpha Chi Scholars Association

The Alpha Chi Scholars Association provides training, mentoring, and financial assistance to APU students planning to attend graduate school. Membership in the Alpha Chi Scholars Association will be available to all undergraduate Alpha Chi Honor Society members. The Scholars Association is also open to non-Alpha Chi members. Non-members who participate in the Scholars Association are designated “associates.” To become an Alpha Chi associate, students may request an application, or faculty members may nominate them to receive an application. This status is awarded on a competitive basis.

Members and associates have access to free workshops throughout the school year and up to $375 in financial aid toward graduate school expenses such as taking the GRE/GMAT, paying application fees, and traveling to visit graduate schools. Financial aid can also be used for membership fees in professional/scholarly organizations and travel for scholarly presentations.

Apply online to become an Alpha Chi Scholars Association associate.

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

Request Information

Full Menu