As an outstanding student, you may be invited to join several honor societies. If you are nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, why should you join? Here are some reasons:
- Is the oldest, best-known, and most prestigious of all undergraduate academic honor societies.
- Is known in this country and around the world as an exclusive mark of academic distinction.
- Is an honor extended only to the best students.
- Is more selective than Latin Honors at graduation. At UCI no more than 5% of graduating seniors and 1% of juniors are elected to membership.
- Is widely recognized as a mark of academic excellence by graduate and professional schools and future employers.
- Adds your name to a very long list of distinguished members, including 17 U.S. Presidents and seven of the nine current Supreme Court Justices.
- Is the crowning jewel on your undergraduate résumé.
You were nominated for membership by a committee of Phi Beta Kappa members drawn from the UCI faculty and administration. They reviewed your academic records for excellence and breadth, and they determined that you met the rigorous standards for membership.
Not every college or university even has a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter. There are only 280 Chapters, which comprise approximately 10% of all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Chapters are approved only after a committee of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society evaluates the school’s curricula. Without a Chapter, a school cannot nominate Phi Beta Kappa members.
Additional benefits of membership:
- Recognition at the annual Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony, the only campuswide event at UC Irvine that recognizes students receiving academic honors.
- Recognition in the Commencement Program.
- Lifetime membership in Phi Beta Kappa.
- Eligibility to wear the Phi Beta Kappa key, a highly recognized symbol of academic achievement.
- A lifetime subscription to The Key Reporter, the Society’s publication for members.
- After graduation you may join a Phi Beta Kappa alumni association, including the Southern California Alumni Association. The associations foster friendship and lifelong learning through social, cultural and educational programs and community service projects. Many associations also raise money for college scholarships.
- Membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter of any college or university Chapter if employed as a faculty member or staff.