Eligibility to obtain membership into Tau Beta Pi is based on two principles: distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. The California Psi chapter determines the extent of these characteristics through the use of academic performance and a personal interview. A student meets the distinguished scholarship criteria if that person is in the top 1/8 of the junior class, or the top 1/5 of the senior class. Rank is dependent upon GPA. Upon selection by the academic criteria, the candidate now has to pass the exemplary character criteria. This is performed at the California Psi chapter through a personal interview and information obtained from a personal statement and resume. If both criteria of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character are met, the chapter membership decides by majority vote those candidates who will be invited to join Tau Beta Pi.
To be eligible to become a member of Tau Beta Pi, an undergraduate must be in the top 1/8 of his or her junior class, or the top 1/5 of his or her senior class. Eligible students are notified by e-mail and a letter will be sent to the student’s permanent address.
Candidates must then submit a completed application packet and be interviewed by a current officer. Candidates must attend initiation in order to become a member of Tau Beta Pi—no exceptions.
Candidates must earn 15 points (through outreach, community service, and other TBP events) prior to initiation. Once a member, each Tau Bates must earn 25 points per year in order to remain active. Only active members are eligible to purchase a stole for his or her graduation and receive many of the other benefits of being a Tau Bate.
Winter initiates will be required to earn 25 points by the end of the school year to be considered active members. Spring initiates will only need to complete their 20 initiation points for active member status.