About Mensa

About American Mensa

Mensa is a round-table society where race, color, creed, national origin, age, politics, educational or social background are irrelevant. The word Mensa is Latin for "mind," "table," or "month" and is suggestive a monthly meeting of minds around a table. Mensa, the high IQ society, provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members. Today there are more than 100,000 Mensans in 100 countries throughout the world. There are active Mensa organizations in more than 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica. American Mensa currently has more than 50,000 members.

Activities include the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national and international gatherings; the investigations of members' opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers, inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa.

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.

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.

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