A List of High IQ Societies
Mensa International is a non-profit organization and the largest and most well-known high IQ society in the world. It was founded in 1946 by Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, and Dr. Lancelot Ware, a British scientist and lawyer. The society's primary goals are to foster human intelligence, encourage research into the nature of intelligence, and provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.
To qualify for membership in Mensa, candidates must score within the top 2% of the population on a standardized intelligence test. This typically corresponds to an IQ of 130 or above, depending on the specific test used. Mensa accepts various tests for admission, including their own supervised Mensa tests, as well as scores from other reputable IQ tests.
Mensa has over 100,000 members across more than 100 countries. The organization is structured into national groups, each with its own governing body, publications, and events. Mensa International is the overarching umbrella organization that connects these national groups.
Mensa offers a range of activities and benefits for its members, including local, regional, and international gatherings, special interest groups (SIGs) focused on various topics, and a variety of publications such as the Mensa International Journal, national newsletters, and magazines. Mensa also promotes educational initiatives, supports gifted children programs, and provides scholarships for students.
While Mensa's primary focus is on fostering intellectual growth and social interaction among its members, it also aims to use its collective resources and knowledge to contribute to the betterment of society as a whole.
Intertel was founded in 1966 by Ralph Haines as a high IQ society for individuals who score within the top 1% of the population on a standardized intelligence test, which corresponds to an IQ of approximately 135 or higher. Intertel aims to provide intellectual stimulation, social interaction, and a sense of belonging to its members. They publish a journal called Integra and offer various regional and international events for members to attend.
The Giga Society
The society is intended for individuals who score within the top 0.0001% of the population on a standardized intelligence test, which corresponds to an IQ of 196 or above, depending on the specific test. This makes the Giga Society one of the most exclusive high IQ organizations in the world, with a very small number of members.
The primary goal of the Giga Society is to facilitate intellectual discussions and interactions among its exceptional members. It provides a platform for sharing ideas, engaging in thought-provoking discussions, and exploring various intellectual interests.
Due to the extreme rarity of individuals meeting the Giga Society's membership criteria, the society has very few members, and information about their activities is scarce. However, the society occasionally publishes a journal called the Giga Society Journal, which features articles, essays, and research contributed by its members.
International High IQ Society
IHIQS was started by Nathan Haselbauer, originally as the New York High IQ Society in 2000. Originally, its goal was promoting discussions on a variety of intellectual topics. The organization later became IHIQS to reflect its growing international membership. It is open to individuals who have demonstrated an IQ in the top 5% of the population.
The 2nd largest high-IQ organisation in the world. Membership in the International High IQ Society is open to persons who have an IQ in the top five percent of the population and who want to be part of our global community. There is no other qualification for membership.
The Mega Foundation
Established in 1982 by Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin, the Mega Society is one of the most exclusive high IQ organizations, with membership requirements that place individuals within the top 0.001% of the population. This corresponds to an IQ of approximately 164 or higher on a standardized test. The society's primary focus is on intellectual exploration and discussion among its members. They publish a journal called Noesis, and members can engage in online discussion forums.
The Mega Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit charitable organization established to create and implement programs that aid in the development of severely gifted individuals and their ideas. The Mega Foundation also supports and develops innovative projects, in the arts and sciences, based solely upon the merit of the projects and the vision of their creators.
The Prometheus Society
The Prometheus Society was founded in 1982 by Ronald K. Hoeflin as a high IQ organization for individuals who score within the top 0.03% of the population on a standardized intelligence test, which equates to an IQ of 160 or higher. A very exclusive club indeed! The society aims to facilitate intellectual discussions, collaboration, and social interaction among its members. They publish a journal called Prometheus, and members can also participate in online forums.
The Triple Nine Society
Established in 1978, the Triple Nine Society is an international high IQ organization for individuals who score within the top 0.1% of the population, corresponding to an IQ of 146 or higher on a standardized test. The Triple Nine Society is committed to friendship, communication, the adventure of intellectual exploration, and a greater realization of individual potentials. It neither sanctions the imposition of one person's philosophy on another nor subscribes to any particular philosophy for its members. TNS offers various activities, including a journal called Vidya, regional gatherings, and online discussion forums.