Questions answered about Mensa
What qualifies me to be a Mensa member?
What are Mensans like?
How can I meet and interact with other members?
Will being a member increase my intelligence?
Are there groups within American Mensa that share my interests?
What is the purpose of Mensa?
Are Mensans involved in community service?
Are there other benefits to being a Mensa member?
What is the cost of membership?
To qualify for Mensa, you must have scored in the top 2 percent of the general population on any one of more than 200 accepted, standardized intelligence tests — including our admission tests — at any point in your life. An estimated six million Americans are eligible for membership.
Mensans come from all walks of life. They range in age from 2 to 106. They include engineers, homemakers, teachers, actors, athletes, students and CEOs, and they share one trait — high intelligence. To qualify for Mensa, they scored in the top 2 percent of the general population on an accepted standardized intelligence test.
Activities are scheduled almost daily on the Mensa calendar. Locally, these activities range from tours to guest speakers to parties. Many Local Groups include have local Special Interest Groups that schedule get-togethers around interests such as foreign food or movies, or schedule get-togethers for members in their neighborhoods. Members attend regional and national gatherings that provide opportunities to meet other Mensans from across the U.S. and around the world. Members also interact online through our Community and more than 150 national special interest groups.
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While we can't guarantee an increased IQ, you'll find a good "mental workout" in the Mensa Bulletin, the national magazine. You'll be able to share your opinions as well as read other points of view in our Local Group and Special Interest Group newsletters. Also, meetings and gatherings provide many opportunities challenge you and educate you.
Currently, there are more than 150 national special interest groups that cover interests from chocolate to military history and from scuba to mysteries. These SIGs are founded and maintained by members who share a common interest. Groups communicate regularly via newsletters and other forums.
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From the Constitution of Mensa, there are three main purposes of Mensa:
- Identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity.
- Encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence.
- Provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for members.
American Mensa provides a number of outlets for you to help in your community.
- The Mensa Foundation sponsors scholarships and programs for gifted youth, rewards excellence in research on giftedness and intelligence, presents awards for education and social improvement, and publishes the Mensa Research Journal.
- Our Gifted Youth Resource Program provides information on gifted youth to parents, teachers and schools.
- Mensans who participate in Project Inkslinger® help restock and rebuild libraries and schools in need.
- Also, our Local Groups volunteer for community-oriented activities that are important them, including public television pledge drives and scholarship fund-raisers, and recognized annually for their involvement.
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Along with the intellectual and social activities, members receive discounts on products and services including insurance and travel and other benefits such a Mensa-branded credit card and financial services. Our Member Services team is always looking into new ways to provide extra value for your membership.
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In addition to qualification fees for supervised testing or evaluation of prior testing, members pay annual membership dues. Life, multi-year and dues rates for additional family members are available. Visit our dues page for more information.