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About Membership

Selection Criteria

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni from nearly 300 select colleges and universities are inducted into the Society annually. Membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is earned. Admission is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. The governing bylaws of the Society set extremely high standards for membership:

  • All must be outstanding students of sound character and enrolled at a college or university with a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Because Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education, one's field of study may be in any discipline.
  • Juniors must have completed at least seventy-two credit hours and rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class.
  • Seniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
  • Graduate students must rank in the upper 10 percent of their class.
  • Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible for membership.

Benefits of Membership

Because Phi Kappa Phi is a nationally recognized and academically prestigious organization, students who can claim membership in Phi Kappa Phi show employers and graduate school admissions committees evidence of their academic achievements and their commitment to scholarly pursuits. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is thus a means for students to signal their superior performance and achievements in higher education.

Phi Kappa Phi members may use the national organization's Career Connection Service to help search for a job. Furthermore, members are eligible for a discount of $150 off The Princeton Review classroom or online preparation courses for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, SAT or ACT. More details are available at the www.phikappaphi.org.

Phi Kappa Phi recognizes excellence. Membership in the Society carries with it the respect of your academic faculty/advisors, family, friends, peers, and employers. You may find membership in the Society opens "doors" for future employment, and membership will provide you an advantage because others know that Phi Kappa Phi members represent the very best and brightest higher education has to offer.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers numerous benefits that can assist members throughout their academic and professional lives. A global focus on resources allows Phi Kappa Phi members to connect and network with one another from every corner of the world.

The following are a few examples of the many benefits of membership for Phi Kappa Phi members:

  • Recognition for academic achievement by the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society.
  • Career assistance to post résumés, search newly listed position openings, and manage job applications
  • Opportunities to apply for awards and scholarships valued at more than $700,000 per year
  • Grants for service projects involving literacy outreach and education.
  • Partner discounts on certain products and services
  • Society publications such as the Phi Kappa Phi Forum
  • Networking, training, and leadership opportunities

For more information about benefits of membership, please visit the National website: http://www.phikappaphi.org/web/Members/Member_Benefits.html

National and Chapter Dues

As a new Phi Kappa Phi member, you will pay certain national and chapter fees. The national portion, $45, pays for your pin, a certificate, and one year of national dues. Chapter fees, which vary, cover the cost of the banquet or reception and local dues.