Phi Beta Kappa at UWM
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate academic honor society, was founded on December 5, 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Only the most outstanding arts and sciences students (generally the top 10%) at America’s leading colleges and universities are invited for induction into campus chapters. Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters making the honor that much more prestigious. Those invited to join Phi Beta Kappa truly are “the best of the best.”
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the freedom of inquiry and expression. It also provides a competitive edge in the marketplace, as potential employers regularly contact the Phi Beta Kappa national office to confirm the membership of job seekers who have listed PBK among their credentials.
The Wisconsin Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was chartered in 1974. Students who meet the eligibility criteria automatically are invited to join the Society in the Spring of each year. Invitations typically are distributed in March and our induction ceremony is held in early May. There is a one-time membership fee assessed for new initiates. PBK membership is for life.