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| March 27,

As the end of the semester draws near, we want to encourage you to conduct at least one more membership drive to allow your students to join our Society before they graduate and are no longer eligible. This special Faculty Advisor Digest was written to provide you with a review of our lifetime membership eligibility requirements and inform you of recent eligibility clarifications (in green below) as included in the newly amended Constitution.

Review of Eligibility Requirements
Undergraduate students majoring or minoring in psychology or a closely related field at your institution may join if they meet the Society's minimum requirements and any additional chapter requirements.

  • Students must have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework including at least 9 semester hours of psychology courses.
  • A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is required for all students, as well as a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses.
  • Their cumulative GPA must also be in the top 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university or (NEW) the college that houses psychology.*

Graduate students may join if enrolled in a psychology or closely related graduate program at your institution.

  • (NEW) Graduates must have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate courses in that program with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses.
  • (NEW) If specific courses in their graduate program require an A or B, students must meet those requirements even if their cumulative GPA is above 3.0.

Transfer students who meet regular student membership requirements may check with their local chapter advisor for specifics on eligibility according to that chapter's bylaws.

  • They must complete at least 12 semester hours or equivalent of psychology coursework at the new institution unless the chapter’s bylaws specify fewer hours.
  • Advisors, remember to examine requirements and chapter bylaws at least every two years.
  • Transfer students who are already members of Psi Chi may select to contact the Psi Chi faculty advisor at the new institution to complete an online transfer of membership form.

Full-time faculty members of your institution with a Psi Chi chapter may be elected by the local chapter.

  • Primary Psi Chi faculty advisors must have a doctorate in psychology or a closely related field.
  • (NEW) Psi Chi faculty alumni members and coadvisors must have a doctorate (NEW) or master's in psychology or a closely related field.

Alumni who graduated from an institution before a Psi Chi chapter was established may be elected to membership by that local chapter if they meet the current criteria for student membership based on their final transcript at that institution.

Please remember to update any membership requirements posted on your chapter’s website. Also keep in mind that inductees officially become members when the Psi Chi Central Office has processed their online information and payments—regardless of when or if they participate in an induction ceremony. The sooner you submit new members to the Psi Chi Central Office for processing, the sooner students will be eligible to run for chapter office, vote on chapter business, apply for Psi Chi awards and grants, and submit to the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research for publication. Faculty advisors may still choose to hold new member certificates and pins for presentation at the induction ceremony.

We appreciate all you do to support your students and our Society. We hope you are pleased with the membership clarifications above and invite you to direct any questions you may have to

* If the top 35% cutoffs are not available, (NEW) a minimum 3.3 GPA rule may be used as long as the selected cutoff truly represents excellence among peers.



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