Phi Kappa Phi


About Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and most selective honor society in the United States that recognizes excellence in all academic disciplines. Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi, along with Phi Beta Kappa, is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Today, Phi Kappa Phi has more than 1,000,000 members in all parts of the world. Its more than 280 chapters are on college and university campuses throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

Phi Kappa Phi members have excelled in all fields of endeavor. Some of Phi Kappa Phi's more famous members include:

  • Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States.
  • Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation.
  • George Olah, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States
  • Ellis Marsalis, acclaimed jazz musician
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, award-winning actor and author
  • Numerous OSU faculty, including David Citino, noted poet and featured speaker at last year's initiation ceremony

For more information:
OSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi National Organization

Phi Kappa Phi Membership

The Ohio State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi invites eligible juniors, seniors, graduate students, and faculty to membership during the spring of each year and honors those who accept membership during its annual initiation ceremony, to be held during the autumn. The chapter uses its share of initiation fees to offer various undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Invitation to membership is based on academic achievement.

  • Undergraduates eligible for membership include juniors in the top five percent of their class and the upper ten percent of seniors.
  • Also eligible for membership are outstanding graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.