The Selection Process. One cannot apply for membership in Phi Beta Kappa; membership is highly selective and is bestowed by the Theta of Minnesota chapter. Before our chapter invites students to membership, a committee made up of CSB/SJU faculty and staff members of Theta Chapter conducts an annual review process to screen the academic records of students who meet our requirements for membership. Following this review, the selection committee makes recommendations on membership for each candidate. Those candidates with a positive recommendation are advanced to the full CSB/SJU community of Phi Beta Kappa faculty and staff for discussion and a final vote. Students being invited to join the Society are typically notified by March and an induction ceremony is held in April.
Criteria for Membership. The selection committee considers the following criteria during the screening process for new members. Students may be considered for membership as juniors, when five semesters of grades are considered, or as seniors, when seven semesters of grades are considered. Please note that meeting minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee election to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
- Enrollment in a liberal arts and sciences major (no applied majors are eligible)
- Minimum GPA of 3.65 for seniors and 3.85 for juniors
- Breadth and depth of coursework
- Good character
PBK chapters look for students who exhibit excellence in and commitment to the liberal arts. We look at a wide variety of evidence, not just GPA, that indicates one's independent interest in scholarship or creative activity; a breadth of interests and pursuits; interest in other cultures or languages; extracurricular activities; and academic performance. For further details, see Phi Beta Kappa's Membership Eligibility Stipulations. CSB/SJU students interested in Phi Beta Kappa are also encouraged to contact one of the Theta of Minnesota Officers or Resident Members for more information.