PBK Election Criteria

Selection for membership in Phi Beta Kappa is based on the following three criteria:

  1. Quality of Academic Record
  2. Breadth of interest (indicated by courses taken beyond a student's concentration)
  3. Opinions of faculty and senior administrators concerning the scholarly achievements and character of the candidate, in the form of nominating letters

Eligibility Criteria of the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Juniors and seniors who are candidates for a degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, whose academic achievements reflect the goals of Phi Beta Kappa, and who meet the following specific criteria shall be eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa:

  1. a) Senior candidates must have completed three semesters of work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and be fully registered for a fourth.
    b) Junior candidates must have completed five semesters of work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and be fully registered for a sixth.
  2. a) Senior candidates must have an overall grade point average, excluding grades received in courses that are of a purely applied or professional nature that places them within the top 15 percent of the graduating class.
    b) Junior candidates must have an overall grade point average, excluding grades received in courses that are of a purely applied or professional nature that places them within the top three percent of their class.
  3. At least three-fourths of a candidate's academic work must have been taken in the liberal arts and sciences, as distinct from applied or professional work.
  4. In choosing candidates for election, the Chapter seeks evidence of academic achievement that is of exceptional distinction, and gives weight to the breadth of the quality of the overall program of courses taken by each candidate.
  5. Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is wholly within the discretion of the members of the Chapter, subject only to the limitations imposed by its Constitution and By-Laws.
  6. Fulfillment of the minimum qualifications does not assure election to the membership.