Phi Kappa Phi

TWU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, chartered in 1981, seeks to recognize the academic excellence of outstanding students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Each year, the chapter initiates new members, recognizes eligible students, 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 - many of these nominees has received a fellowship award.

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With over 100 faculty and staff ΦKΦ members, 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 ΦKΦ has over 700 active members. In Spring 2017, we initiated over 200 new members, including faculty, staff, and alumni. 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 May 2017 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi where information about the mission, governance and membership can be found.

About Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is more than a line on a résumé. The nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society initiates more than 30,000 members a year on 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

More than 1.5 million members have joined its ranks since Phi Kappa Phi’s founding in 1897 at the University of Maine. It is a global network of the best and brightest, a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for all generations.


Phi Kappa Phi was born different. In 1897, 10 senior students, 2 faculty members and the University of Maine president created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. 

Under the leadership of student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the letters of the Greek words forming its motto, Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity.” 

Today, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. 

What is Phi Kappa Phi is up to today? Check out our latest news to see how the Society is making headlines 100+ years after its founding.

Eligibility Requirements

Phi Kappa Phi membership is earned. Admission is invitation-only and requires nomination approval by the TWU chapter. Requirements include:

  • Juniors must have completed at least 72 credit hours, with at least 24 semester hours at their current institution, and rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class.
  • Seniors must have completed at least 90 credit hours, with at least 24 semester hours at their current institution, and rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
  • Graduate students must have completed at least 18 graduate hours or the equivalent at their institution and rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
  • Faculty, professional staff and alumni who achieve scholarly distinction may also be eligible.

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Why Join Phi Kappa Phi?

  • Standards for election are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. Because Phi Kappa Phi is highly selective, membership is a stamp of excellence that is recognized by graduate and professional school admissions committees and employers alike. Phi Kappa Phi members are certified smart!
  • Unlike other honor societies whose undergraduate members may include freshmen and sophomores, Phi Kappa Phi celebrates upperclassmen and graduate students who prove to be strong scholars throughout their academic careers​
  • You will become part of a select community of top scholars and professionals. The roster of more than 1.5 million members boasts doctors, lawyers, politicians and soldiers, plus educators, administrators, scientists and researchers, not to mention athletes and coaches, bankers and businesspeople, writers and performers, and professionals in just about every other discipline imaginable. They're often leaders in their field and committed to serving others. ​
  • Membership in Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and rewards academic success. New members are initiated at a ceremony and reception/banquet held on their campus. They receive a personalized membership certificate and card and are presented with the official Phi Kappa Phi pin at the initiation ceremony. New members also may opt-in to receive a personalized story and press release about their initiation. ​
  • The purpose of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Omicron Delta Kappa as honor societies is to celebrate excellence in academics and integrity of character. Our societies exist because those who founded them believed, as we believe still, that there are achievements worthy of celebration: academic work of extraordinary quality, exemplary leadership, and research that advances human knowledge. Read the joint statement in its entirety here.​
  • Phi Kappa Phi logo graphics and verification letters are available to enhance your résumé. While Phi Kappa Phi is much more than a line on a résumé, it is an impressive line none-the-less. When it's time to apply for a job, a scholarship, or a graduate program, our materials will help you highlight your membership in the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.​
  • Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to apply for numerous awards, valued at $1.4 million each biennium. The Society's extensive award programs provide everything from $15,000 Fellowships for graduate school to $500 Love of Learning grants for continuing education and professional development. ​
  • Phi Kappa Phi corporate partners provide discounts to members. By partnering with companies such as AT&T, Dell, GEICO, and Lenovo, Phi Kappa Phi is able to offer valuable discounts and services to its members, often at negotiated savings.