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Phi Beta Kappa

National honor society for liberal arts

 Phi Beta Kappa Seal

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Since its founding, 17 U.S. Presidents39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 130 Nobel Laureates have been inducted as members. Phi Beta Kappa seeks to:

  • honor the best and brightest liberal arts and sciences undergraduates
  • grant lifelong membership through a highly selective, merit-based invitation process that takes into consideration academic success and breadth of study
  • connect members to a diverse network of high achievers who are active in science and health care, business and technology, the arts and humanities, and law and philanthropy
  • equip members with information and tools to thoughtfully engage in American society as leaders, volunteers, and citizens

Additionally, Phi Beta Kappa offers members quarterly publications and monthly newsletters, which provide perspectives on public affairs, literature, science, history, culture, and career development.

The Manhattan College chapter, The Upsilon of New York, was established in 1971. We are one of only 290 schools in the nation to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.


To be considered for admission into Phi Beta Kappa, undergraduates must have:

  • completed a minimum of 90 credits within the liberal arts from the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science
  • demonstrated a high level of achievement in their coursework and a serious commitment to liberal studies
  • a GPA of 3.75 for the previous five semesters is ordinarily necessary, but students are not elected solely on the basis of GPA
  • a demonstrated fluency in a second language in at least an intermediate level, typically interpreted as completion of a language course at the 202 level


Maria Maust-Mohl