Western Pennsylvania Mensa

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General Information about Mensa

Mensa is an international society in which the sole requirement for membership is a score at or above the 98th percentile on any of a number of standard IQ tests. Prospective members take The Mensa Admissions Test or submit Prior Evidence of qualifying test scores in order to Join American Mensa

Specific questions regarding applicable test scores or the procedure for submitting properly certified prior evidence of qualification should be addressed to the Business Office:

American Mensa, Ltd.
1229 Corporate Drive West
Arlington, TX 76006-6103
1-817-607-0060   fax: 1-817-649-5232
1-800-66-MENSA (Message and information line only)


  • In the U.S.: To request information, or to renew or reinstate your membership, an on-line form from American Mensa is available.

  • The Mensa Brochure includes info about this diverse group as well as a set of mind-boggling puzzles. The complete brochure, which includes an application form, is available online or from the National Office of American Mensa Ltd. at 1-800-66MENSA.

  • Outside the U.S.: Check the Global Mensa Directory for a group near you.



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    Mensa is a not-for-profit organization whose main purpose is to serve as a means of communication and assembly for its members. Mensa is for those who rejoice in the exercise of the mind. If you enjoy mental challenges and revel in the interplay of ideas, Mensa is an organization that will stretch your mind and expand your horizons.

    Mensa is an international society that has one - and only one - unique qualification for membership: you must score in the top 2% of the population on a standardized IQ test. It is a not-for-profit organization primarily intended to promote communication among members.

    Mensans join for many reasons:  
    • Curiosity
    • As an intellectual challenge (or on a dare)
    • For networking opportunities
    • Interest in gifted education or research
    • To 'meet someone'
    • Because they liked the Mensans they'd already met
    • All of the above
    • None of the above

    They remain members because of the diverse opportunities to:
    SHARE IDEAS ~~  
    SUPPORT EDUCATION and RESEARCH ~~  
    • Mensa Education & Research Foundation (MERF) which awards college scholarships, funds research, and supports projects related to gifted children.
    AND SOCIALIZE ~~  
    • meetings;
    • parties and Regional Gatherings (RGs);
    • serious and frivolous activities of many sorts.

    A few just like to carry their membership cards; some like to meet other bright folks from all different walks of life; more than a few have said that they finally had found a family.

    Whatever your reason,
    Mensa may be worth exploring:
    You never know what
    (or who) you might find!


    Look for a Local Group in YOUR area by checking the map at Mensa 76



    To learn more, visit American Mensa's OFFICIAL WEB SITE:
    Check the listings of Regional Gatherings
    Personal Home Pages and Local Groups

      Or explore MENSA INTERNATIONAL where you'll find:  
    An outstanding overview of Mensa Information
    The listing of Mensa resources on the Internet
    Profiles of some Prominent Members of Mensa

    Read articles about Mensa History & Politics including
      Victor Serebriakoff's account of The Odd Way Mensa Began.  

    Read an article about Mensans by Dave McCormack: Mind Games....
    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why people bond over a high score on an IQ test. Or maybe it does.

    View the Western Pennsylvania Mensa MEMBERSHIP HANDBOOK,
    check out the Local Group Information page,
    and read ARTICLES written by local Mensans.


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