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Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines. This highly selective honor society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The Pacific chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was chartered in 1951. Additional information from the Phi Kappa Phi website (2009) is provided below:

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines—a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be an outstanding student of sound character, enrolled at a college or university with a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter.
  • Juniors must have completed 72 credit hours and rank in the top 7.5% of their class.
  • Seniors must rank in the top 10% of their class.
  • Graduate students must rank in the top 10% of their class.


Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible for membership.