The Selection Process
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University's Theta of Minnesota chapter uses a detailed selection process to invite students to join Phi Beta Kappa each spring; students cannot apply for membership. First, a Selection Committee made up of Resident Members (the chapter's faculty and staff members) reviews the academic records of students who meet our requirements for membership. Using the selection criteria below, the committee develops a list of students they recommend for membership. The larger chapter discusses and votes on the Selection Committee's recommendations before inviting students to join Phi Beta Kappa. Selected students typically receive invitations by March, and an induction ceremony for new members is held in April.
Criteria for Membership
Theta of Minnesota looks for students who exhibit excellence in, and commitment to, the liberal arts. During the selection process, we consider a wide variety of indicators, not just GPA, that provide evidence of a student's breadth of interests and pursuits, extracurricular activities, interest in other cultures or languages; and scholarship or creative activity:
- Liberal arts focus: Student is enrolled in a liberal arts and sciences major. No applied majors are eligible.
- Senior or junior standing
- Minimum GPA: 3.65 for seniors or 3.85 for juniors. Juniors have five semesters of grades considered. Seniors have seven semesters of grades considered.
- Breadth and depth of coursework
- Good character
For further details, see Phi Beta Kappa's Membership Eligibility Stipulations.
Please remember that membership is highly selective, and that meeting minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University students interested in Phi Beta Kappa are encouraged to contact one of the Theta of Minnesota Officers or Resident Members for more information.