Why Join PBK?

  • To become part of an elite group of PBK alumni, which includes 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 Supreme Court Justices, and 140 Nobel Prize winners
  • For a competitive advantage on your resume
  • To participate in exciting networking opportunities
  • Because it’s Free!

If you're offered membership in Phi Beta Kappa, you should not hesitate -- accept the invitation!

First of all, it does not cost you anything.  The university covers your initiation fee (ordinarily $100) as a way of recognizing your outstanding achievement. Membership is for life -- there are no fees or charges later (though you may choose to pay national dues to receive the member magazine and other privileges).

An invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa is an outstanding achievement. Less than 10% of American colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and membership is limited to no more than 10% of each graduating class at those institutions. In large universities like USF, it is often less than 5% of each class. This means that Phi Beta Kappa membership is one of the most prestigious honors that a student can receive.

Because of that, it is recognized by graduate schools and employers as a competitive advantage and a mark of personal distinction. Membership sets you apart as a highly accomplished person, and identifies you as part of a network of high achievers in every field.

Induction into Phi Beta Kappa will open doors for the rest of your life. For example, members in more than 50 U.S. cities may join a Phi Beta Kappa alumni association. These are communities of decision makers and influencers that offer numerous networking activities, while supporting scholarships, cultural programs, and local charitable organizations. 

Membership in Phi Beta Kappa offers exceptional future value through lifelong recognition for intellectual excellence and superior achievement. So, accept your invitation and join the thousands of other successful leaders who have been awarded Phi Beta Kappa membership since 1776!