What is Mensa?


[men · suh]


1. an international fellowship organization for people with IQs in the top 2 percent of the general population.

Origin of Mensa

From the Latin word mēnsa table, symbolizing the original conception of the society, “a round table where no one has precedence.”

Related forms

Men·san, noun

~ dictionary.com/browse/mensa

Mensa:  The International High-IQ Society

Making It Personal:

Rochester Area Mensa (RAM) provides a fun and stimulating social environment for its members and a forum for intellectual exchange.  We are Rochester's local chapter of Mensa International Limited — the world's oldest and largest high-IQ society — whose sole qualification for membership is a score in the top 2% on any of almost 200 standardized IQ tests.  Rochester Area Mensa offers you an opportunity to join other like-minded people for engaging conversations, witty banter, interesting activities, and productive collaboration.

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Human Brain

Mensa Membership Card

What You Get:

  • Your very own Mensa Membership Card!
  • Mensa vanity email address
  • Mensa Match Registration (w/ Match.com®)
  • The Mensa Bulletin, monthly
  • The Constellation, RAM's monthly newsletter
  • American Mensa's Weekly Brainwave
  • Travel discounts, car rental discounts, & more
  • Diverse Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • Special tours and activities
  • Attend Regional Gatherings (RGs)
  • Attend National Annual Gatherings (AGs)

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Rochester Area Mensa

Any score at or above the 98th percentile on any one of hundreds of approved tests qualifies you for Mensa.  You can:


Rochester Area Mensa

We give admission tests at a variety of venues in our service area.  Next one is at the Irondequoit Public Library.  You can:


Rochester Area Mensa

Rochester Area Mensa has test sessions several times a year.  Next up is Saturday, October 30th, 2021 at 1 pm.  You can:


Why Join Rochester Area Mensa

Wow - way too many reasons to list here, but there is a Benefits page and a MUST SEE Video that says it all.  You can:

Let's review:

So far, we told you What;

We've covered How, Where, When, and Why;

The only thing left is “WHO?”

That's You!

  • Rochester Area Mensa covers all or part of 14 New York counties
  • Population estimates for these counties exceed 1.4 MILLION
  • The Top 2% of the population qualify for admission into Mensa
  • That means we could have more than 28,000 candidates in our ranks

Even after making adjustments for... well, everything, we figure there are at least 20,000 Mensans living in our territory who just don't know how smart they really are!

If you're still reading this, you just might be one of them, and we're not kidding!
Learn How to JOIN 

Hi, I'm Leif.
Have you had a chance to watch my video yet?
Mensa Video

Remember: "Who" is YOU!

and you heard it from Rochester Area Mensa!

A Member Benefit: Members-Only Content

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Mensa's purposes are: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence; and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members. ~ from the Constitution of Mensa