Alpha Kappa Psi was founded on October 5, 1904 at New York University. Its founders, Fredrick Leach, Howard Jefferson, Nathan Lane, Jr., and George Bergen set forth a plan to perpetuate the business education and sense of brotherhood that had formed during their years at NYU. The nation's first professional business fraternity, AKPsi developed and expanded rapidly in its early years, becoming an international organization on April 18, 1931. Over its 107-year history, AKPsi has grown to be the largest business fraternity in the world, with 332 chapters and over 225,000 initiated members across three countries. AKPsi alumni include presidents, chief executives, and federal judges.
Founded in 1998, the Omicron Upsilon chapter of AKPsi is the oldest business fraternity at Cornell. Our members are involved in dozens of organizations on campus and study in numerous different majors. Our 200+ alumni currently work at top banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies and study in some of the nation's most competitive graduate programs. Built on tradition with an eye towards the future, AKPsi is excited to be in its seventeenth year on campus. We look forward to meeting you at Rush.
The Omicron Upsilon chapter's recruitment process is strictly governed by the procedures and policies of its national charter. However, as members of the Cornell community, we are strongly committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent on campus from a variety of diverse backgrounds and academic interests.
The brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi have a strong track record of securing the most sought-out internships and full-time jobs across a wide array of industries.
See below for a list of firms our brothers have gone to.
The pledging process is designed to broaden the knowledge base of each pledge, while also allowing them to form close relationships with current brothers. Through weekly meetings, résumé workshops, guest speakers, and private networking sessions with top firms, the pledges are constantly learning new things about various fields of business, professional etiquette, and the internship/full-time recruiting process.
In order to keep the AKPsi network strong, each pledge is responsible for setting up meetings with each of the current brothers to learn more about their lives, both professional and personal. These in-depth conversations serve as a great foundation upon which to develop a meaningful friendship and ensure that, upon initiation, each pledge has developed a personal connection with every member of the brotherhood.
Though the process is time consuming, every task serves an important purpose in the personal and professional development of the pledges. Many current brothers recall the semester during which they were pledging as their best one at Cornell.
"Very simply put, I would not be where I am without AKPsi. For me, AKPsi was and is a bond between individuals who want to go on a different life trajectory than the norm. I had drive, but did not have the direction or the peer support to know where to channel the drive in a productive, career-focused way. Being surrounded and mentored by the caliber of people AKPsi attracts allowed me to raise my expectations to achieve goals I would not have previously considered possible. Hands down, it was the best overall experience of my collegiate career socially and professionally.
Professionally, AKPsi facilitates the sharing of ideas, experiences, and best practices through a natural mentorship program that allows one to grow in all aspects - this dynamic put me and, I'm sure, many others at a tremendous advantage when it came to navigating the myriad of challenges involved with transitioning from a student to a successful professional. On a personal level, I instantly made deep, life- lasting friendships with individuals I would have otherwise never been close with. I currently live with an AKPsi brother here in NYC, I have traveled the world with brothers in AKPsi, and we now work alongside and do business with each other. When faced with important decisions personally and professionally, I continue to first turn to my AKPsi brothers for advice."
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"AKPsi was a hugely influential part of my Cornell experience. It is definitely the reason I was able to get my foot in the door into firms sooner and much better prepared. My peers and the alumni are some of the closest relationships I have to this day and are by far where I go first for career advice and support. Since graduating I have actively recruited for both Lehman Brothers and now Barclays and AKPsi students really set themselves apart as some of the strongest both at Cornell and beyond."
"There is no other organization that I was involved with at Cornell whose members I am more regularly in touch with on both a personal and business level than I am with the bright and motivated individuals from my years in AKPsi. I would not have the job or the professional network I have today without joining, hands down."
"AKPsi gave me the opportunity to not only meet, but form lasting relationships, with some of the most diverse and intelligent people on campus who I would have never had the opportunity to come in contact with beforehand.