Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society
that draws its members from all academic disciplines within colleges and
universities. Each year, approximately 34,000 students, faculty, professiona l
staff, and alumni are initiated.
Election to membership is by invitation only. Those elected to membership
include upper 7.5 percent last-term juniors (having completed at least
seventy-two semester hours) and upper 10 percent seniors, along with
outstanding graduate students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni.
Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members.
Its chapters are on nearly 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and
The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all
fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service
At initiation, members receive gold keys and certificates of membership. But
Phi Kappa Phi is more than a gold key and a line on a resume. It is a more than
100-year-old organization made up of the best and brightest from all academic
disciplines-a community of scholars who are leaving an enviable legacy for