Beta Gamma Sigma honors the strong academic performance of business students worldwide and provides them with connections, membership benefits, and involvement opportunities.

What is Beta Gamma Sigma?

In 1913, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California jointly established Beta Gamma Sigma as a national business honor society. Today, there are more than 600 collegiate chapters, 31 alumni chapters, and 875,000 members worldwide. Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students attending business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which make up just 5% of business schools worldwide. For more information, see the BGS website.

Who is eligible to join?

Our members are the top 10% of sophomores, juniors and seniors who have completed at least one year of coursework at the UofI, the top 20% of masters students who have completed half their coursework, and all doctoral candidates that have successfully defended their dissertation. An invitation will automatically be sent to all eligible students in the spring of each academic year. Students choosing to join will pay a one-time membership fee and will be invited to a spring induction ceremony.

What are the benefits of membership?

Benefits of membership include:

• Involvement in chapter activities such as BGS Gives Back

• Access to the extensive network of BGS alumni worldwide

• Application fee waivers, scholarships, and tuition discounts at select graduate schools

• Discounts at select businesses

See a full list of benefits on the BGS website.

Where can I find out more information?

Undergraduate Students can email the co-chapter advisor, Cory Ohms, at cohms@illinois.edu

Graduate Students (online and residential) can email the co-chapter advisor, Trent Shumway, at tshumway@illinois.edu

Students can also visit the FAQ on the Beta Gamma Sigma website.