Phi Beta Kappa Election Criteria

The Gamma of Oklahoma Chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is by election.  There is no application process.  Students majoring in the liberal arts and sciences are considered for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

In selecting new students for membership in Phi Beta Kappa (referred to by the Society as "Members in Course"), the chapter selection committee (Committee for the Selection of Members in Course) meets to review student achievements with the basic criteria of a 3.7 or higher GPA combined with a broadly based liberal education. Candidates must be presently in their junior or senior year and have attended Oklahoma State University for a minimum of three semesters of full-time work, and be enrolled in a fourth. (The completion of transfer work at another institution during a regular semester of enrollment at OSU is not regarded as a favorable indicator of eligibility for Phi Beta Kappa.) In addition, students must have taken at least 90 hours of liberal arts courses (not counting professional courses) demonstrating breadth as well as depth in their course of study. Fifteen hours or the equivalent of a foreign language must have been completed and proficiency in mathematics is also required. While a high GPA is necessary, it is not the sole deciding factor. A GPA 4.0 taken by itself is not a sufficient indicator of scholastic distinction.

Finally, the local chapter is limited by a constitutional stipulation that a number equivalent to no more than 10 percent of those graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences may be selected in any one year. Within this numerical cap the selection committee determines the most qualified candidates. The transcripts of all students having taken at least 90 hours of liberal arts courses are examined by the committee, and the committee spends much time in discussing and comparing the accomplishments of the students in making their final selection. After the committee has completed its work, the Oklahoma State University chapter meets and votes on whether to offer membership to those students who have been recommended by the committee.