Phi Beta Kappa at UWM
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate 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. And, 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, and it provides a competitive edge in the marketplace. Potential employers regularly contact the national office of Phi Beta Kappa to confirm the membership of job seekers who have listed Phi Beta Kappa among their credentials. The Wisconsin Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at UWM 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. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is for life.