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.