What does The Phi Beta Kappa Society do?
Who are some famous members of Phi Beta Kappa?
Famous Phi Beta Kappa members include but are not limited to:
- 17 U.S. Presidents including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr. & Theodore Roosevelt
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet
- Alexander Graham Bell, inventor, engineer and innovator
- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com
- Glenn Close, actor
- Francis Ford Coppola, film director
- Michael Crichton, author
- Elizabeth Dole, US Senator
- Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate
- Peyton Manning, NFL Quarterback
- Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. Magazine
- John Updike, novelist and critic
- Helen Keller, author, political activist, and lecturer
How do I apply for Phi Beta Kappa?
Candidates are nominated for election to by their chapters and cannot apply for membership. Students interested in Phi Beta Kappa are encouraged to contact a chapter officer early in their academic careers for guidance on requirements and curriculum. Generally, election to membership occurs at the completion of undergraduate study. Learn about eligibility for election