National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 146
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. 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.
About Phi Kappa Phi:
Admission to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter in accordance with the bylaws of both the chapter and the national Society. Both require superior scholarship and good character as criteria for membership.
Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or fraternity. Membership is earned; it is a true honor.
Meeting Phi Kappa Phi's criteria signifies excellence which, in turn, signifies distinction.
Because of their outstanding records, members of Phi Kappa Phi often are preferred candidates for grants, scholarships and fellowships from institutions where they may continue their education or do research. When they seek jobs, they find their Phi Kappa Phi membership is widely accepted as an indicator of academic ability and motivation.
Phi Kappa Phi, being interdisciplinary and thus drawing membership from all colleges, divisions, or departments within the academic institution, is a unifying force in education today. It is in a unique position to cultivate consciousness of relationships by bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines. It promotes the intellectual life of the community.
The academic variety within the Society's membership acquaints initiates with many options if they are in the process of trying to decide upon a career.
Members are eligible for Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships.
Active members receive the Phi Kappa Phi Forum enabling them to keep abreast of significant cultural, social and scientific issues.
Active members receive the Newsletter, enabling them to share in the national activities and programs of the Society and of its members.
Members of the Society can participate in activities sponsored by local chapters.
- Phi Kappa Phi insists upon high quality in the institutions to which it grants chapters, e.g., strong faculties and ample libraries. It thus fulfills an obligation to assure its initiates that they are coming into a truly significant organization.
- Phi Kappa Phi provides for the association of kindred spirits--kindred in the sense of having integrity of character and the highest ideals, as well as an abiding love of learning.
- Juniors must have completed at least seventy-two credit hours and rank scholastically in the top 7.5 percent of their college.
- Seniors must have completed at least seventy-two credit hours and rank in the top 10 percent of their college.
- Masters and doctoral students must have completed at least eighteen credit hours and rank in the top 10 percent of their college.
To become a member of Phi Kappa Phi, you must be invited to join. Invitations are mailed out in the fall and spring inviting eligible students to join. To accept your invitation, you will need to follow the instructions in the letter to register your membership and pay the dues online at the national website.
You will not be able to join after the deadline has passed! If you are eligible the next semester, you will receive another invitation to join.