Phi Beta Kappa Membership

Who Belongs to The Phi Beta Kappa Society?

Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. And only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are invited to join The Phi Beta Kappa Society for a lifetime membership  which makes the invitation process one of the most selective in the nation.

The ideal Phi Beta Kappa member has demonstrated intellectual integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests. Each year, about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join The Phi Beta Kappa Society. (Stipulations for Membership)

Since the Society's founding in 1776, 17 U.S. Presidents , 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices , and more than 130 Nobel Laureates have been inducted as members—as well as countless authors, diplomats, athletes, researchers, actors, and business leaders.

Membership Continues After Graduation

At the time of induction into The Phi Beta Kappa Society, one joins the nation's most prestigious honor society for life. Phi Beta Kappa membership shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and to freedom of inquiry and expression—and it provides a competitive edge in the marketplace.  Potential employers regularly contact The Phi Beta Kappa Society's national office to confirm the membership of job seekers who have listed Phi Beta Kappa among their credentials. 

After graduation, members may join a Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association in their community. Associations bring together members of all ages. They foster friendship and lifelong learning through social, cultural, and educational programs, and community service projects. Many associations raise money for college scholarships to perpetuate the legacy of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. 

Members also have exclusive networking opportunities, and have access to a lifetime subscription to The Key Reporter and special members benefits. One of the most important things you can do as a Phi Beta Kappa member is keep your contact information up-to-date. The  Log into the Member Portal or email Member Services to update your contact information.


Love of learning is the guide of life.