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How to Join Mensa

More than six million people qualify for membership in the U.S. alone — that’s one person in every 50. And many don’t realize that they qualify and haven’t considered membership. You’ve at least considered membership, or you wouldn’t be reading this now.

If you’re 14 or older, you can take a supervised, standardized test with one of our certified member volunteers or at one of more than 400 approved private testing facilities nationwide. And anyone can submit evidence of prior testing in the form of scores from a supervised, standardized test, such as the Stanford Binet, the SAT, or the CogAT.

In either case, if you’ve scored in the top 2 percent, you’ll qualify for membership in American Mensa. Then it’s just a matter of paying your annual dues!

The Benefits of Mensa Membership

There’s the camaraderie of being among a group of diverse people who share your love of learning. Some like the social aspect of the organization, which includes everything from local game nights to big national events like our Annual Gathering. Others enjoy intellectual events, such as speaker meetings, Colloquiums, and CultureQuest®.

We have more than 150 Special Interest Groups that allow members to pursue their interests — from ancient baking techniques to quilting — with other Mensans. Our Local Groups host speaker nights, have lunch outings, and play games at local and regional game nights.

Many of our members serve their communities through our service programs, and our member volunteers also work with the Mensa Education & Research Foundation to award scholarships to college students each year.

If that’s not enough, how about saving time and money? American Mensa members save on travel services, insurance, financial guidance, publications, and more through our benefit and service programs — with new benefits being added regularly.

Then, there’s the online component to your membership. In addition to our online communities, there are hundreds of Mensa communities online run by member volunteers around the world, including those on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yahoo!.

Frequently Asked Questions

Less than a Netflix subscription! Mensa dues are $107/year, and we offer discounts for additional family members and multi-year memberships. You can learn more about our dues structure here.

Yes! We have members who range in age from 3 to 105 — kids can absolutely qualify and join. We invite gifted youth between 14 and 18 to take one of our supervised, standardized tests, and those under 14 are encouraged to submit evidence of past testing. Learn more about Gifted Youth Admission.

Congratulations! Your life as a Mensa member can start right now, and it takes just a few minutes to join online! Have a credit card handy as well as your acceptance letter, bill, or email so that you can reference your member number. Within 10 business days, you’ll get your membership card and new member packet in the mail. A Member Services Representative would be happy to help you join by phone, too. Give us a call at (817) 607-0060 ext. 199 during regular business hours, Central time, Monday through Friday.

No. After you qualify for Mensa membership, you’re qualified for life — Mensa members do not need to prove their merit again. Click here to rejoin American Mensa.

Questions about membership?

For more information about joining Mensa, email us anytime at, or calls us at (817) 607-0060 ext. 199 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.