PHI BETA KAPPA (PBK), founded in 1776, is the oldest and most respected academic honors society in the United States. Its main purpose is to recognize students who have achieved distinction in the liberal arts and sciences. Only about 1% of U.S. college and university graduates are invited into membership. The UCR IOTA Chapter is the third chapter in the UC system, established in 1964.
Students cannot apply to join PBK. A PBK Faculty Selection Committee reviews all eligible candidates with a minimum 3.85 GPA each winter quarter. Selected candidates are invited to join PBK in spring quarter.
None! In recognition of earning this honor the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Honors Program will pay for you your lifetime membership.
If you are invited to join PBK, do not pass up the opportunity to have your academic achievements recognized.
Why Join PBK?
Phi Beta Kappa distinguishes you as an academic who loves to learn. You will join a lifetime network of 500,00 other members around the nation who are business, technology, and government leaders, distinguished scientists, and change makers.
Your distinguished academic record will earn you an invitation to join PBK. Do not miss the opportunity when the invitations are sent in spring quarter.
Further information about the history and purpose of the organization can be found on the National Phi Beta Kappa Society homepage.