Welcome to the official website for the Omicron Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi at Cornell University. We hope that you will take time to learn about the history of Alpha Kappa Psi, the individual members of our brotherhood, and the goals and vision of our organization.
A business fraternity, and specifically Alpha Kappa Psi, offers you the opportunity to expand your learning outside of the classroom and challenge yourself to make the most of your time at Cornell University. The professional development and network gained from membership in Alpha Kappa Psi opens countless doors for its members, both easing the navigation of professional exploration and recruitment while also promoting on-campus involvement and enabling members to learn from, and ultimately become, campus leaders. As I look back at my experience as a freshman, then allured but intimidated by the concept of a business fraternity, I knew that there were many things I hoped to accomplish in my subsequent three years of school and that Alpha Kappa Psi could help me realize my potential to lead and contribute to the Cornell University community. This organization has been the defining contributor to my drive to take steps out of my comfort zone and explore opportunities and experiences that would not have otherwise been accessible. While the decision to rush a business fraternity is, and should be, a personal one, what sets Alpha Kappa Psi apart is its culture defined by unwavering support and encouragement for each other. The relationships that are developed through Alpha Kappa Psi are formed from a mutual respect and appreciation for the reciprocal nature of the organization, and these relationships extend much further than our time on campus to create powerful bonds that connect different generations of the brotherhood.
I believe that I speak for every member of our organization when I say that membership in Alpha Kappa Psi has afforded me the opportunity to surround myself with some of the most driven, passionate, and intellectually curious students I have come across during my time at Cornell University. The diverse composition of our brotherhood is brought together by a shared desire to hold ourselves to the highest standard of personal and professional success possible, and the supportive nature of this brotherhood has allowed each of us to develop the professional skills and confidence required to pursue our individual and collective goals.
We hope that throughout the process of rushing Alpha Kappa Psi you will learn why we feel so strongly that this organization has the potential to actuate your Cornell University experience and personal success. I look forward to the prospect of meeting you throughout our upcoming rush events and working to further illustrate the transformative nature of Alpha Kappa Psi.
See below for a list of firms our brothers have gone to.
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.
Alpha Kappa Psi has and continues to sponsor many community service events as part of our continuing effort to give back to the community at large. We participate in a wide range of activities, including The Common Ground Foundation, Wear Shades Fight AIDS, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Jog for Jill, and more.
We believe that having such a wide range of community service activities encourages brothers further participate in community service organizations on their own time.
If you have any questions about community service events or would like to collaborate, please contact Andrea Quartner at ALQ9@cornell.edu
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."
General Atlantic Private Equity
"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.
It is without hesitation that I say that being a brother of AKPsi has been my most meaningful experience during my time at Cornell. Not because of the professional skills that I gained through the pledging process or the networks that AKPsi has opened doors to, but because of the people that I have met. The brothers in this organization have not only become my role models and motivation, but also my dear friends and support system. Through AKPsi, I have had the invaluable opportunity to surround myself with a group of extraordinary and accomplished individuals who are constant reminders of the person that I hope to become. We represent a very diverse constituency and come together in every setting imaginable. From professional workshops and firm visits in New York City to social gatherings and spring break trips, our brotherhood offers the unique chance to foster lifelong friendships with people who we may have never met otherwise.
Above all, AKPsi has taught me the value of paying my experiences forward, beyond myself and beyond the brotherhood. I would like to extend the challenge and the opportunity to become part of the AKPsi experience to anyone who is interested and welcome you to attend one of our information sessions. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments that you might like to discuss in advance of rush. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!