Psi Chi Society


About Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).

Becoming a Member

Membership in Psi Chi is open to those who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who are students or faculty members at the University of Idaho. Both undergraduate and graduate students who have registered for major or minor standing in psychology may be eligible for membership if other requirements are fulfilled.

Eligibility for undergraduates includes:
1. Completion of 3 semesters of college course
2. Completion of 9 credits of psychology courses
3. Ranking in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship
4. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in both psychology classes and in cumulative grades
Eligibility for graduate students includes:
Minimum overall cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses

Students and faculty are elected to membership by the chapter at the institution, according to the provisions in the national Psi Chi Constitution. Membership in Psi Chi is open to qualified candidates of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, handicap or disability, color, religion, and national and ethnic origin.

What are the Benefits of Becoming a Member of Psi Chi?

The intrinsic value of membership is rewarding to the achiever in that recognition of excellence leads to self-fulfillment and thus to self-realization. By recognizing that what you do does make a difference, you are stimulated to higher productivity. Accomplishments are enjoyed more when shared with others. Furthermore, the contacts made through Psi Chi will be valuable throughout your educational and professional careers.
Concrete advantages of membership include:
The documents: A membership certificate and card which give tangible evidence of membership.
The references provided throughout one's lifetime (this service alone is worth the investment).
The experience gained by working with Psi Chi is excellent for building up a resume; it is difficult to attain that first managerial and creative experience.
Psi Chi is a springboard for professional growth. Opportunities are made available to the members for promoting their research, receiving national and international recognition, meeting and interacting with leaders in their field, and meeting Psi Chi members of other chapters who also will be future leaders.
The United States government recognizes membership in Psi Chi as meeting one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in the Federal service.
Climaxing the benefits mentioned above is knowing that many individuals, by their caring, dedication, perseverance, and hard work, have made it possible to encourage young persons interested in psychology to strive for excellence--to reach toward that attainable star.


The ultimate test of the value of any membership organization lies in the accomplishments of its members. In each year of Psi Chi's history, more and more members have undertaken graduate studies. Psi Chi is well represented in the professional ranks of all the behavioral sciences. The membership directories of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS) are studded with the names of Psi Chi members, both active and alumni. This is only one example demonstrating that the Society's purposes are being fulfilled.