Phi Kappa Phi

TWU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, chartered in 1980, seeks to recognize the academic excellence of its outstanding student citizens. Each year, the chapter initiates new members, recognizes eligible juniors and seniors, and sponsors local scholarships for student members. Additionally, our chapter has nominated one student member for the national fellowship competition for several of the last years - each of these nominees has received a fellowship award.

Have you recently received an invitation?

Did you know that you were invited based upon your academic eligibility and good character, but that you may also have been recommended by a faculty member in your department? Unlike other national interdisciplinary honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi is your local chapter, and we ask the faculty to review the list of eligible students and make their recommendations of those who are worthy of the highest recognition.

With over 100 faculty and staff PKP members on campus, TWU's chapter benefits from involvement of faculty and staff who care about the quality of their students' education and who enjoy the honor bestowed upon their eligible students who elect to join the Honor Society. 

TWU PKP has over 700 active members. In Spring 2015, we initiated over 200 new members, including faculty, staff, and two alumna. The chapter maintains social networking sites through Facebook and LinkedIn

Distinguished national and TWU members of the Society


Chapter Bylaws

Members may review the Texas Woman's University Chapter Bylaws updated January 2017 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi where information about the mission, governance and membership can be found.

About Phi Kappa Phi

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

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. [from]

Eligibility Requirements

Membership in this Chapter is open to scholars with integrity and high ethical standards from all academic disciplines without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation. Criteria for “integrity and high ethical standards” will be based upon compliance with the TWU Codes of Conduct (student, faculty, and staff), where applicable.

  • Students are eligible for membership based upon the following criteria:

    Undergraduate students in any department of a college or university who have completed at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent at that institution, and

    • who, in their junior year, rank academically in the upper 7.5 percent of the class, after completing at least two academic years or 72 semester hours or the equivalent, or
    • who, in their senior year, rank academically in the upper 10 percent of the class after completing at least three academic years or 90 semester hours or the equivalent at the time of invitation.

    Graduate and professional students in any department of a college or university who have completed at least 18 semester hours or the equivalent at that institution and as post baccalaureate students rank academically in the upper 10 percent of all graduate and professional students.

    Former students who meet the requirements for membership who have graduated since the most recent invitation of members in the chapter.

Members of the institution’s faculty, administration, professional staff, alumni or alumnae, or community leaders who exhibit excellence and high ethical standards may be extended membership.

Phi Kappa Phi is an “invitation only” honor society.  Credit hours, academic eligibility criteria, and adherence to TWU Codes of Conduct will determine which students will be invited to enroll in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the most selective of interdisciplinary honor societies. We encourage faculty to name their best and brightest students who receive an additional notification of nomination.

Having trouble joining online?

  • Navigate to the following Phi Kappa Phi Online Store page:
  • On the right-hand side of the screen, in the Dues & Donations box, click on the Join Now link
  • Enter the access code from your membership invitation and click Submit
  • If you are not asked for your access code, but are asked to login, proceed to login using your email address as your username and the password you created during your previous visit.
  • Once you have logged in, you will be directed back to the Phi Kappa Phi Online Store page, where you will again, click Join Now in the Dues & Donations box.
  • You should now be prompted to enter your access code.
  • Continue through the registration process and checkout as you would an online transaction.

Page last updated 5:53 PM, March 16, 2017