About BAP

Woman silhouetted against city skyline

Our Mission

Mission: "To achieve professional formation in educating the whole person through innovation, leadership, relationship and service in the global community."

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary and professional organization for students of accountancy. Its stated purpose includes recognition of outstanding academic achievements in the field of accounting; promotion of the study and practice of accounting; provision of opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing accountants; and encouragement of a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

In order to fulfill Seattle University's core mission and promote growth of its students with abilities to use knowledge and skill for their benefit and that of others, the Delta Eta chapter aims to foster a commitment to service, an increased sense of personal development and professional excellence, and a dedication to the principles of the national Beta Alpha Psi organization.Beta Alpha Psi group shot

Commitment to Service

The Delta Eta chapter is committed to nurture an individual's preparation and commitment to the values of service to both the University and the overall community in which it thrives. The chapter will seek to accomplish this by performing community service events in a responsible, accountable, and consistent manner.

Personal Development

The Delta Eta chapter strives to demonstrate to its members their opportunities and responsibilities through the development of leadership and interpersonal skills against a background of ethical behavior. The chapter will help to strengthen an individual's self-understanding and the world around them by encouraging membership interaction with the business community, alumni, instructors, and fellow students.

Professional Excellence

The Delta Eta chapter is dedicated to the cultivation of the individual as a professional through its sponsorship of programs involving various accounting related occupations. The chapter will direct its efforts to the exploration of new professional opportunities through professional social events. 

Dedication to the Principles of Beta Alpha Psi Organization

The Delta Eta chapter is determined to uphold the symbolism of Beta Alpha Psi of Scholarship, Social Responsibility, and Practicality. The chapter has a duty to increase membership and student awareness of accounting as a career while working towared strengthening ties with faculty and alumni.

Three workers meeting over figures

About Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi represents a great step towards becoming an accounting professional. Beta Alpha Psi is a nationally recognized honors accounting and business information organization for students with proven academic excellence.

How It All Started

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation. The Delta Eta chapter (Seattle University) was founded in 1977. The chapter has been recognized as a Superior Chapter for the past 14 years and as a Gold Chapter for the past four years.


The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.

This includes:

  • promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems,
  • providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals,
  • encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

We strive to achieve our objectives through professional speakers, workshops, community service, team building, and competitions organized by the national executive office. The first step is initiation into Beta Alpha Psi, which is the result of two quarters fulfilling membership requirement. Eligibility is based on an hours system. Once you become a member, you take on a leadership role in the chapter mentoring incoming candidates. 

You will discover that Beta Alpha Psi is much more than a highly regarded academic organization. It is a vast network of contacts that link professionals throughout the industry and the business world. Many of the professionals you will benefit you throughout your career.

The objective of the Delta Eta chapter is to recognize the scholastic excellence of its members, while promoting the character traits and attributes of professional accountants and responsible leaders who will make a difference in their jobs and communities. As a group, participation in each function and activity is important. The more active our members are, the stronger our chapter becomes.

Professional Reputation

Beta Alpha Psi is recognized and respected by the business community as a premier collegiate organization. The reputation of Beta Alpha Psi can help open doors to outstanding career opportunities in the fields of accounting, finance, and information systems. Potential employers know that when they see Beta Alpha Psi on a resume, they are getting the best.

Bonding Through Activities and Service

As a member of Beta Alpha Psi, you will have ongoing opportunities to participate in campus and community service activities. Service activities include participating in fundraising projects for charity, voluntary tutoring, and assisting in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program

Communication Skills

Through numerous opportunities to make presentations at local high schools and introductory college classes, as well as at annual and regional meetings, Beta Alpha Psi members will develop strong communication skills.