Phi Beta Kappa Membership

Only 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and these chapters select only the top 10 percent of their graduates to join, making Phi Beta Kappa membership one of the most prestigious honors a student can receive.


The basic requirements for membership are:

Attain the required Grade Point Average:

  • Junior Year Induction - 3.9 cumulative GPA
  • Senior Year Induction - 3.8 cumulative GPA

Complete the liberal education requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences, including its foreign language requirement:

  • 4th semester proficiency in one language
  • 3rd semester proficiency in one language and 2nd semester proficiency in a second language

Complete 2 classes at 300-level or higher OUTSIDE your major. (e.g. BCH401G for a BIO major or HIS540 for an ENG major)

Complete 90 hours of course work in the liberal arts disciplines. (includes most classes offered by A&S and selected classes in other colleges, such as Fine Arts and Communications)

Complete at least 60 hours of course work at UK. If you think you meet these requirements, NOMINATE yourself by completing the form on the web nomination page.

If you are a final-semester senior, you may be enrolled in one course needed for requirements. If you qualify AFTER graduation, please nominate yourself in the semester following graduation. The nomination period is typically in January.