Kappa Psi


Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated, (ΚΨ) is the largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity in the world with more than 6,000 student members and more than 87,000 alumni members.[1] It was founded in 1879 at Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut as the Society of Kappa Psi.

Kappa Psi
Kappa Psi Coat of Arms.jpg
FoundedMay 30, 1879; 143 years ago (May 30, 1879)
Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut
Colors  Scarlet and   Cadet gray
FlowerRed Carnation
PublicationThe Mask
Chapters113 collegiate, 82 graduate
Headquarters2060 N Collins Boulevard Suite 128
Richardson, TX 75080
WebsiteKappa Psi homepage


The Society of Kappa Psi was founded on 30 May 1879 at the Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut as an academic society for college preparatory schools. The Society named as its founder Franklin Harvey Smith. It quickly created an additional chapter, at the Cheshire Military Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut in 1879. While these two early units failed, another chapter formed at Hillhouse Academy of New Haven, Connecticut in 1894.[2] Hillhouse too, died as a chapter on 30 June 1895.[3]

But the founders of these chapters, many having graduated and entered college and still students themselves, sought a collegiate level re-establishment of the order. Representatives, now alumni without an active chapter from these three early prep school chapters formed a grand chapter called Alpha chapter on December 10, 1895, deeming it an essential step for rebuilding the fraternity and for expansion nationally. These men, reforming the organization as Kappa Psi Fraternity chartered its first collegiate chapter, Delta, at the University of Maryland in the fall of 1898 when former members of the Hillhouse chapter entered that school in the study of medicine. Others, who had opted for the study of pharmacy, formed a Gamma chapter at the College of Pharmacy at Columbia University in that same year. A third group of advancing students formed the Beta chapter at the University College of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, in 1900.[2]

By 1902 the young organization had formed six chapters and already held four conventions. In 1903 the Society incorporated as a national fraternity, operating jointly as both a medical and pharmaceutical fraternity.[2]

By mutual agreement, in 1924, the fraternity split into Kappa Psi, which retained its pharmacy component, and Theta Kappa Psi, which became strictly a medical fraternity.[4] Theta Kappa Psi later struggled; it would go on to merge with Phi Beta Pi in 1961, but this union was again dissolved in 1992. A single chapter carries on the Theta Kappa Psi name today.

Kappa Psi Fraternity would later incorporate under the name of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.[2]

In 1977, Kappa Psi first welcomed women into the fraternity.[3]

Today there are 113 active collegiate chapters and 74 graduate chapters across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas, and over 80,000 people have been initiated into the fraternity since its inception.[2]

The Central Office of Kappa Psi is located in Richardson, Texas.[3]


Nationally, Kappa Psi is divided into eleven provinces, which the majority meet biannually and is divided as follows:

  • Atlantic Province - Chapters in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • Great Lakes Province - Chapters in Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.
  • Gulf Coast Province - Chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
  • Mid-America Province - Chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri.
  • Mountain East Province - Chapters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Northeast Province - Chapters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Northern Plains Province - Chapters in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
  • Northwest Province - Chapters in Alaska, British Columbia, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • Pacific West Province - Chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.
  • Southeast Province - Chapters in the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
  • Southwest Province - Chapters in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

International officersEdit

At the 59th Grand Council Convention held in Washington, D.C. in July 2019, the following Brothers were elected as international officers of the Fraternity:

Position Name
Grand Regent Christy Askew
Grand Vice Regent Jason Milton
Grand Counselor Melissa Buchanan
Grand Historian Chris Miller
Grand Ritualist Joe Nardolillo
Graduate Member-at-Large Saswat Kabisatpathy
Collegiate Member-at-Large Alex Maciejewski
Immediate Past Grand Regent Robert Mancini
Executive Director Johnny Porter

The office of Executive Director is appointed by the International Executive Committee.

List of chaptersEdit

As of May 14, 2022 Kappa Psi consists of 114 collegiate and 74 graduate chapters organized into 11 regional provinces.

Active collegiate chaptersEdit

The active collegiate chapters are:[5]

Chapter School
Epsilon University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Theta Medical College of Virginia
Iota Medical University of South Carolina
Nu University of Connecticut
Xi Ohio State University
Pi Purdue University
Rho University of Kansas
Sigma University of Maryland Baltimore
Upsilon University of Kentucky
Chi University of Illinois-Chicago
Psi University of Tennessee
Beta Gamma University of California-San Francisco
Beta Epsilon University of Rhode Island
Beta Eta West Virginia University
Beta Kappa University of Pittsburgh
Beta Lambda University of Toledo
Beta Nu Creighton University
Beta Xi University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Beta Omicron University of Washington
Beta Pi Washington State University
Beta Rho University of Mississippi
Beta Sigma North Dakota State University
Beta Upsilon Butler University
Beta Phi University of Cincinnati
Beta Chi Drake University
Beta Psi University of Wisconsin–Madison
Beta Omega Temple University
Gamma Delta Ohio Northern University
Gamma Epsilon University of Nebraska Medical Center
Gamma Zeta Samford University
Gamma Eta University of Montana
Gamma Theta University of Missouri-Kansas City
Gamma Kappa South Dakota State University
Gamma Lambda Northeastern University
Gamma Nu University of the Pacific
Gamma Xi University of South Carolina
Gamma Omicron University of Oklahoma
Gamma Pi University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
Gamma Rho University of New Mexico
Gamma Sigma University of Florida
Gamma Upsilon University of Arizona
Gamma Phi University of Georgia
Gamma Chi Ferris State University
Gamma Psi Mercer University
Gamma Omega University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Delta Beta Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Delta Gamma Auburn University
Delta Delta University of Houston
Delta Epsilon Duquesne University
Delta Zeta University of Iowa
Delta Eta Xavier University of Louisiana
Delta Theta Texas Southern University
Delta Iota Florida A&M University
Delta Kappa Howard University
Delta Lambda Campbell University
Delta Mu University of British Columbia
Delta Nu Midwestern University-Chicago
Delta Xi Shenandoah University
Delta Omicron Wilkes University
Delta Pi Texas Tech University
Delta Rho Nova Southeastern University
Delta Sigma Midwestern University-Glendale
Delta Tau Roseman University of Health Sciences
Delta Upsilon Palm Beach Atlantic University
Delta Phi University of California-San Diego
Delta Chi University of New England College of Pharmacy
Delta Psi University of Minnesota-Duluth
Delta Omega South University
Epsilon Beta University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
Epsilon Gamma Western University of Health Sciences
Epsilon Delta Appalachian College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Epsilon Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Zeta East Tennessee State University
Epsilon Eta LECOM-Bradenton School of Pharmacy
Epsilon Theta Sullivan University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Iota California Northstate University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Kappa Belmont University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Lambda Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Mu University of Florida-Orlando
Epsilon Nu University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
Epsilon Xi Pacific University - Oregon
Epsilon Omicron D'Youville College
Epsilon Pi Idaho State University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Rho University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy-Rockford
Epsilon Tau Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Abilene
Epsilon Upsilon Roosevelt University
Epsilon Chi University of Utah College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Psi University of Hawaii at Hilo
Epsilon Omega Rosalind Franklin University
Zeta Beta Husson University
Zeta Gamma University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville
Zeta Delta University of South Florida
Zeta Epsilon Northeast Ohio Medical University
Zeta Zeta Touro College of Pharmacy
Zeta Eta Regis University School of Pharmacy
Zeta Theta Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Zeta Iota University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy
Zeta Kappa Marshall University School of Pharmacy
Zeta Lambda University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
Zeta Mu University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Springfield
Zeta Nu The Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University
Zeta Xi South College School of Pharmacy
Zeta Omicron Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
Zeta Pi St. John's University
Zeta Rho Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus - School of Pharmacy
Zeta Sigma California Health Sciences University
Zeta Tau Chapman University School of Pharmacy
Zeta Upsilon Union University School of Pharmacy
Zeta Phi Larkin College of Pharmacy
Zeta Chi University of Arizona - Phoenix Biomedical Campus College of Pharmacy
Zeta Psi Hampton University School of Pharmacy
Zeta Omega Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Eta Beta Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Dallas
Mu Omicron Pi Wayne State University

Active graduate chaptersEdit

  • Ada Graduate
  • Albany Graduate
  • Arizona Graduate
  • Athens Graduate
  • Atlanta Graduate
  • Auburn Graduate
  • Boston Graduate
  • Buffalo Graduate
  • Buies Creek Graduate
  • Central Michigan Graduate
  • Charleston Graduate
  • Charlotte Graduate
  • Cincinnati Graduate
  • Cleveland Graduate
  • Columbus Graduate
  • Connecticut Graduate
  • Dallas Fort Worth Graduate
  • Denver Graduate
  • Detroit Graduate
  • District of Columbia Graduate
  • Gainesville Graduate
  • Georgia Graduate
  • Harrisburg Graduate
  • Hawaii Graduate
  • Houston Graduate
  • Idaho Graduate
  • Illinois Graduate
  • Indiana Graduate
  • Iowa Graduate
  • Jacksonville Graduate
  • Kansas City Graduate
  • Kentucky Graduate
  • Laurel Highlands Graduate
  • Los Angeles Graduate
  • Louisiana Graduate
  • Maine Graduate
  • Maryland Graduate
  • Maryland Eastern Shore Graduate
  • Minnesota Graduate
  • Montana Graduate
  • Nebraska Graduate
  • Nevada Graduate
  • New Mexico Graduate
  • New York Graduate
  • North Carolina Graduate
  • North Dakota Graduate
  • Northern Virginia Graduate
  • Orlando Graduate
  • Pacific Graduate
  • Palouse Graduate
  • Pittsburgh Graduate
  • Pocono Graduate
  • Pomona Graduate
  • Portland Graduate
  • Providence Graduate
  • Saint Louis Graduate
  • San Antonio Graduate
  • San Diego Graduate
  • San Francisco Graduate
  • Savannah Graduate
  • Seattle Graduate
  • South Carolina Graduate
  • South Carolina Upstate Graduate
  • South Dakota Graduate
  • Southeast Florida-Bahamas Graduate
  • Southwestern Graduate
  • Tampa Graduate
  • Tennessee Graduate
  • Texas Graduate
  • Toledo Graduate
  • Utah Graduate
  • Vancouver Graduate
  • Virginia Graduate
  • Wisconsin Graduate

Dormant collegiate chaptersEdit

These are dormant chapters at schools of pharmacy, and the school is still active.[5] Note that the early Beta chapter and the three early college preparatory chapters all went to Theta Kappa Psi by agreement.[2]

Chapter School Location
Eta Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mu Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Boston, Massachusetts
Tau University of Southern California Los Angeles, California
Omega Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Newark, New Jersey
Beta Delta Albany College of Pharmacy Albany, New York
Beta Zeta Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon
Gamma Gamma University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas
Gamma Iota State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, New York
Gamma Mu University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana

Discontinued collegiate pharmacy chaptersEdit

These chapters at schools of pharmacy where the pharmacy school no longer exists.[5]

Chapter School Location
Gamma Columbia University College of Pharmacy New York, New York[6]
Beta Beta Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
Beta Theta Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
Beta Iota North Pacific College of Oregon Portland, Oregon
Beta Mu Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana
Gamma Tau George Washington University Washington, D.C.
Epsilon Sigma University of Florida St. Petersburg, Florida
Epsilon Phi South University-South Carolina

Dormant graduate chaptersEdit

Chapter Location
Appalachia Graduate Bristol, Virginia
Birmingham Graduate Birmingham, Alabamia
Central New York Graduate Endicott, New York
Middle Tennessee Graduate Nashville, Tennessee
New Jersey Graduate Newark, New Jersey
North Alabama Graduate Huntsville, Alabama
North Florida Graduate Tallahassee, Florida
Oklahoma Graduate Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Philadelphia Graduate Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ringgold Graduate Ringgold, Georgia
South Alabama Graduate Loxley, Alabama
South Texas Graduate Corpus Christi, Texas
Southeastern Massachusetts Graduate New Bedford, Massachusetts
West Virginia Graduate Morgantown, West Virginia

Grand Council ConventionEdit

Kappa Psi holds its international convention biennially. The 60th Grand Council Convention will be held at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa July 17-22, 2022.

Below is a list of the Grand Council Conventions (along with the year, location, and number of attendees) dating back to the first Grand Council Convention in 1900 in New York City.

Grand Council Convention Year Location Attendance
60th 2022 Phoenix, Arizona
59th 2019 Washington, District of Columbia 596
58th 2017 Naples, Florida 637
57th 2015 Denver, Colorado 620
56th 2013 St. Pete's Beach, Florida 667
55th 2011 San Francisco, California 560
54th 2009 Clearwater Beach, Florida 460
53rd 2007 Boston, Massachusetts 441
52nd 2005 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 353
51st 2003 San Diego, California 401
50th 2001 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 342
49th 1999 Kalispell, Montana 300
48th 1997 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 440
47th 1995 North Falmouth, Massachusetts 336
46th 1993 Marco Island, Florida 301
45th 1991 Jackson Hole, Wyoming 197
44th 1989 Williamsburg, Virginia 175
43rd 1987 Orlando, Florida 213
42nd 1985 South Padre Island, Texas 195
41st 1983 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 191
40th 1981 Detroit Michigan 125
39th 1979 Scottsdale, Arizona 188
38th 1976 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 240
37th 1974 Kansas City, Missouri 135
36th 1972 New Orleans, Louisiana 105
35th 1969 Buffalo, New York 214
34th 1967 Kansas City, Missouri 204
33rd 1965 San Francisco, California 189
32nd 1963 Atlanta, Georgia 176
31st 1961 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 250
30th 1959 Cincinnati, Ohio 158
29th 1957 Saint Louis, Missouri 181
28th 1955 Chicago, Illinois 195
27th 1953 Washington, D.C. 311
26th 1951 Detroit, Michigan 232
25th 1949 Richmond, Virginia 135
24th 1947 Chicago, Illinois 88
21st 1941 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 83
17th 1928 Portland, Maine 90
16th 1924 Portland, Oregon/Saint Louis, Missouri/New York, New York 108
15th 1920 Portland, Oregon/Louisville, Kentucky/New York, New York 203
14th 1916 Atlanta, Georgia 104
13th 1913 Chicago, Illinois 119
12th 1910 Birmingham, Alabama 109
11th 1908 Charleston, South Carolina 16
10th 1907 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 16
9th 1906 Baltimore, Maryland 13
8th 1905 New York, New York 10
7th 1904 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6th 1903 Washington, D.C.
5th 1902 Richmond, Virginia
4th 1902 Baltimore, Maryland
3rd 1901 Baltimore, Maryland
2nd 1900 Baltimore, Maryland
1st 1900 New York, New York
  1. The 22nd and 23rd Grand Council Conventions were postponed due to WWII.
  2. The 1932 (18th), 1936 (19th), and 1940 (20th) Grand Council Conventions were cancelled.
  3. The 15th and 16th Grand Council Conventions were held in three separate regional locations with the same business discussed at each.
  4. The 60th Grand Council Convention was delayed 1 year due (from 2021 to 2022) due to the global coronavirus pandemic.


  1. ^ "High honors for two Drake pharmacy fraternities". Drake University. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Anson, Jack L.; Marchenasi, Robert F., eds. (1991) [1879]. Baird's Manual of American Fraternities (20th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Baird's Manual Foundation, Inc. p. V-24–25. ISBN 978-0-9637159-0-6.
  3. ^ a b c According to the history of Kappa Psi Society, from its website, accessed 27 Aug 2020.
  4. ^ Garner, Dewey (1993). The History of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.
  5. ^ a b c Collegiate Chapters
  6. ^ A typo in Baird's Manual 20th ed. has this chapter listed by year as formed in "1989". This is incorrect, as reflected in the body text for that entry, noting formation in "1898".