Phi Beta Kappa means being the best you can be.
Phi Beta Kappa singled you out because of your academic excellence and integrity. You’ve demonstrated uncommon focus and passion. New ideas excite you and you learn from many viewpoints. You’re reaching for your best—and you’re just getting started.
It’s the same excellence shown by Phi Beta Kappa members President Bill Clinton, theoretical physicist Lisa Randall, author and humorist Mark Twain, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor, NAACP co-founder W.E.B. Du Bois, and Dress for Success founder Nancy Lublin, to name a few.
You see the world as a set of challenges, not barriers. You’re not afraid to challenge the status quo. You have something new to say, and the skills and determination to seize your moment. You want to make your mark on the world.
When you join Phi Beta Kappa, you will become part of a legacy of change leaders that stretches back to the American Revolution.
You cast a vision larger than yourself. People are energized by your ideas. You have the commitment and persistence to withstand uncertainty. You’re leading by example, because you know you can do it.
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.