Welcome to Mensa!

We hope you'll find this primer helpful as you navigate Mensa and connect with other Mensans like you! We've covered a number of useful topics, including dues rates, governance and policies, and short descriptions of our available publications.

Also, we've included information on the organization written by other members so that you have firsthand knowledge of what to expect.

By all means, contact your Local Secretary or local Membership Officer if you have questions about your Local Group and getting involved. If you have questions about your membership or have suggestions for this primer, feel free to let us know.

Nobody's perfect

Just what is a typical Mensan like? You should expect something bigger than life. Here are one member's suggestions for how to jump in and get to know your fellow Mensans.

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Personal data and privacy

Realizing members’ real concerns about privacy, Mensa is addressing these concerns very proactively. Within the Personal Data Questionnaire, or PDQ, each member has the opportunity to state their preferences.

A special note to new members

There are two basic approaches to becoming active in Mensa: the introvert's or extrovert's approach. We invite you to take either one or a combination of the two.


Get information on American Mensa's dues rates, membership renewal procedures, additional family discounts, life dues, and discounts and prorations.


Learn all about Mensa's gatherings: types, attendance tips, hotel information, what to expect, and how to plan ahead for the best time.

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Get information about American Mensa's geography including its regions and Local Groups.

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Get information about how American Mensa is governed at the national and local level.

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Help your group

Here are 11 easy things and one harder one all members can do to help their local Mensa groups — as written by a local officer.

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Local Groups

In geographic terms, the most tangible thing your Mensa membership offers is contact with other members through your Local Group. We know that joining this Mensa family will be one of your most rewarding intellectual and social experiences.

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Member benefits