What does The Phi Beta Kappa Society do?
Who are some famous members of Phi Beta Kappa?
Famous Phi Beta Kappa members include but are not limited to:
- 17 U.S. Presidents including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., and Theodore Roosevelt
- 42 current and former U.S. Supreme Court Justices including Jon Marshall, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet
- Alexander Graham Bell, inventor, engineer and innovator
- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, journalist & comic book writer
- Francis Ford Coppola, film director
- Rivers Cuomo, American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer
- W.E.B. Debois, civil rights activist and author
- Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate
- Amanda Gormon, poet
- Mazie Hirono, U.S. Senator
- Helen Keller, author, political activist, and lecturer
- Peyton Manning, NFL Quarterback
- Wes Moore, author
- Ellen Ochoa, engineer and Astronaut
- Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. Magazine
- Kerry Washington, actor and activist
How do I apply for Phi Beta Kappa?
Candidates are nominated for election to by their chapters and cannot apply for membership. Students interested in Phi Beta Kappa are encouraged to contact a chapter officer early in their academic careers for guidance on requirements and curriculum. Generally, election to membership occurs at the completion of undergraduate study. Learn about eligibility for election