History of Alpha Kappa Psi

The Brooklyn Four

Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest co-ed professional business fraternity in the Unites States. Our history begins in the fall of 1902, when four men began attending evening business classes together at New York University. The Founders occupied the same seats five nights a week. They became acquainted with one another. The four men from Brooklyn (Bergen, Jefferson, Lane, Leach), later known as the Brooklyn Four, walked from from school together over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The spirit of the brotherhood grew so strong in the hearts and in the minds of the men from Brooklyn that they decided to suggest to the other members of their class that something be done to perpetuate it, and Alpha Kappa Psi, the first professional fraternity in business, was founded at an organization meeting held on October 5, 1904. Later, a formal application was made to the State of new York for a chapter of incorporation for Alpha Kappa Psi. The application was approved and the charter of incorporation issued in the name of Alpha Kappa Psi on May 20, 1905.