Computer Science Department
College of Sciences & Mathematics

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

The Upsilon Pi Epsilon Association was founded at Texas A&M University in 1967 for students and faculty who exhibit superior scholastic and professional achievement in the computing science curriculum. It remains the only National Honor Society for the computing and information disciplines and is recognized as such by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society.
In 1997, Upsilon Pi Epsilon was admitted as a member of the Association of College Honor Societies - the parent organization for all academic honor societies in North America. The West Chester University chapter of UPE was chartered in 2017 as the Rho chapter of the state of Pennsylvania to the Association by the Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

Students are invited to join the West Chester University Chapter of UPE based on outstanding achievement, high scholarship and character.


Formal invitations to join UPE will usually be sent in Fall of every academic year. Induction into the society will usually occur in the Spring semester.

Minimum academic requirements

Undergraduate students: 60 or more credits completed with an overall GPA greater than or equal to 3.5, and 15 or more Computer Science credits completed at WCU with a Computer Science GPA greater than or equal to 3.7.

Graduate students: 15 or more Computer Science credits completed at WCU with a Computer Science GPA greater than or equal to 3.7.

The following courses do not count: CST courses, CSW courses, CSC 110, CSC 115, CSC 300, CSC 400, CSC 490, CSC 499, CSC 512, CSC 516, CSC 610.


Inaugural initiation ceremonies are scheduled for March 2018. New 2018 members are:
Xi Chen, Marie Danenhower, Michael D'Angelo, Richard Hamburg, Larisa Hursh, Diego Jorge, Kashish Khare, Jon Kilgannon, Kevin Kindle, Jake Kuntz, Matthew Leinhauser, Shereen Assmi Fathima Majeeth, Steven Massaro, Nickolas Ricciuti, Nora Sorrell, Jacob Steckel, Brittney Walsh-Piwowarski
Graduating students may also purchase a UPE stole to be worn with commencement regalia. Go to the UPE website for UPE memorabilia. The ACM now provides free ACM student memberships to active members of UPE for one year, which includes subscriptions to Communications of the ACM, ACM's Digital Library, and more.


The faculty advisor for UPE is Dr. Richard Burns. Contact him for more information. You can learn more about the national UPE organization from its website at