Why accept an invitation from Phi Beta Kappa?

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Phi Beta Kappa membership is: 

  • a mark of distinction for life

  • the gold standard among employers

  • a prestigious network of exceptional people

  • a door to lifelong intellectual opportunities

  • a springboard to helping the arts and sciences thrive



Phi Beta Kappa chose you for this recognition because of your academic excellence and integrity. Your achievements demonstrate breadth and depth in the arts and sciences, and a desire to experience the world from multiple viewpoints. 

You display the same intellectual curiosity shown by Phi Beta Kappa members physician and virologist Jonas Salk, author and humorist Mark Twain, mathematician and computer scientist Grace Hopper, U.S Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner Rita Dove, Nobel Laureate and chemist Roger Tsien, and historian John Hope Franklin to name just a few.


Do you want to make your mark on the world?  Do you believe in the power of ideas and informed debate to address the world’s pressing questions? 

When you join Phi Beta Kappa, you become part of a legacy of change leaders that stretches back to the American Revolution including: N.A.A.C.P. founder W.E.B Dubois, U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem, environmentalist Rachel Carson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and author and activist Hellen Keller.


Are you energized by ideas? Do you think higher education should prepare you for the unknown challenges just over the horizon and not simply your first job?

Phi Beta Kappa members are dynamic civic and business leaders, noted scientists and researchers, artists and athletes, activists and philanthropists, technology innovators, and trailblazers in all walks of life. 

Why should you accept your invitation? Very simply, Phi Beta Kappa is an organization worth joining and supporting. We provide outstanding students like you with access to experiences and networks that open doors to lifelong opportunity rooted in the power of the arts and sciences. 

Learn more about the benefits of our life-long membership and accept your invitation to shape this iconic organization for its next chapter.