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A Lifetime Connection

An invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa recognizes and honors exceptional academic achievement in the arts and sciences. It is a mark of outstanding personal achievement that will have an impact on the rest of your life and career.

Phi Beta Kappa membership lasts a lifetime. It connects diverse, accomplished individuals in nearly every career field.  Employers view Phi Beta Kappa membership as a competitive advantage and a mark of personal distinction.

Just 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. These chapters select only the top 10 percent of their arts and sciences graduates to join Phi Beta Kappa – making Phi Beta Kappa membership one of the most prestigious honors a student can receive.

Eligibility and Election 

Each year, Psi Chapter at Chapman University will elect an elite group of students for membership in Phi Beta Kappa -- an honor conferred upon fewer than ten percent of each graduating class. Students do not apply for membership – they are selected during the spring semester each year by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter as a whole, after a careful review of the academic records of each eligible candidate. Members are generally elected in their senior year, but the chapter may choose to elect deserving juniors and graduate students, as well. 

Once you are elected and accept the honor of membership, you are automatically a member for life. (You may choose to pay national dues to receive the national member magazine and other perks.)

Election is based upon the evidence of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement and good character. Candidates for election must be pursuing a liberal arts and sciences education. They must have an outstanding record of performance in liberal arts and sciences courses – including the fine arts, humanities, languages, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences – as well as substantial work in areas outside their major. Liberal arts and sciences courses are those designed principally for a knowledge, understanding or appreciation of the world. This excludes courses, however valuable in their own right, that focus on application of skills or knowledge, such as vocational and professional training, internships, et al.

Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Chapman University is wholly within the discretion of the members of Psi Chapter, subject only to the limitations imposed by the chapter constitution and bylaws. No right to election shall adhere to any student solely by reason of fulfillment of a minimum grade point average for election to membership in course

Although the honor bestowed by membership in the Society recognizes academic achievement, the qualifications for election to Phi Beta Kappa are entirely independent of the academic policies of Chapman University, and it should not be assumed that fulfillment of the requirements for graduation render one automatically eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa.

Since its founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has counted among its members 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 140 Nobel Laureates, as well as noted scientists and researchers, business and civic leaders, artists, performers and athletes.

A list of notable PBK Members such as Bill Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, and more.

Today, technology and the digital universe have replaced quill pens and paper, but freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought live on through the students who accept the honor of Phi Beta Kappa membership each year.

A Lifelong Connection

Induction into Phi Beta Kappa is just the beginning. Members in more than 50 U.S. cities may join a Phi Beta Kappa alumni association. These groups provide opportunities to participate in engaging networking activities and cultural programs. Many associations are active in their communities, supporting scholarships and partnering with local charitable organizations.

Members automatically receive The Key Reporter, a publication with news about Phi Beta Kappa alumni, programs, projects, awards and activities.

Phi Beta Kappa also connects members on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr – all great avenues to network with other Phi Beta Kappa members.