Phi Beta Kappa

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Overview:  Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. It advocates specifically for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education. The Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Chapter of Missouri was founded at the University of Missouri in 1901. 

Membership:  The criteria for membership are outlined generally by the national organization and specifically by the MU chapter. In addition to meeting foundational MU graduation requirements, consideration for PBK membership is minimally based upon, but not limited to, the following objective criteria: cumulative GPA, credit hours, and breadth and depth of A&S college coursework.

Selection:  Every spring, members of the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Chapter of Missouri review the academic performance of MU juniors and seniors with liberal arts majors against the established set of PBK criteria. Each year 10 juniors are selected to join the society and awarded a scholarship from the MU Chapter. Seniors from the top 10 percent of their graduating class are also selected for induction into the society.

A Rare Honor:  Membership in PBK is one of the most prestigious honors a student can receive. Only ten percent of U.S. colleges and universities have PBK chapters. An invitation to join PBK at MU during the junior or senior year recognizes and honors exceptional academic achievement in the arts and sciences.

A Lifetime Connection to Opportunity:  PBK membership lasts a lifetime. It connects diverse and accomplished individuals in nearly every career field. Employers view PBK membership as a competitive advantage and a mark of personal distinction.

Find Out More:  Learn about the many opportunities offered by membership in PBK by visiting the national website.  See news about events hosted by the MU Chapter as well as photos of MU junior receptions and junior/senior induction ceremonies at

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