Phi Kappa Phi
Promoting academic excellence
The Society is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers numerous benefits and resources to assist members throughout their academic and professional lives. From grants and awards totaling over $1 million each biennium, to exclusive discounts from over 25 corporate partners, we provide a wide range of exclusive benefits and resources to our members.
What Phi Kappa Phi initiates are saying
"I really enjoy using the benefits that come with the Phi Kappa Phi membership e.g. the discounted hotel price gave me extra money on my business trip in Downtown Houston."
- Christopher Fuller, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 2011 initiate
"Phi Kappa Phi provides opportunities for students to pursue their ‘love of learning’ no matter the discipline, allowing for a rich conglomerate of knowledge within the society."
- Jared Smith, Clarkson University, 2012 initiate
"The best part of Phi Kappa Phi is not only acknowledging the efforts of students worldwide, but more importantly providing resources that accompany students in their quest to accomplish their career goals. It is truly a blessing."
- Phylicia Hammonds, Mercer University, 2013 initiate
Phi Kappa Phi History
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Virginia Tech Chapter, chartered in 1921, was the 25th chapter to be organized and is now one of more than 330 chapters nationally. The society was formed to "recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. Once inducted, Phi Kappa Phi members gain a lifelong passport to a global network of academic and professional opportunities. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks.
Membership is by invitation to the top 7.5% of juniors with at least 72 credit hours and the top 10% of seniors and graduate students at member-campuses. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible for membership.
The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."
The president of the Virginia Tech Chapter is Dr. Susan S. Sumner, associate dean and director of Academic Programs in The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.