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Phi Beta Kappa at UWM

High-achieving UWM students with well-rounded educational backgrounds in the liberal arts and sciences are selected and invited to join Phi Beta Kappa – the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate academic honor society.

Why Join?

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Membership is prestigious and recognized across industries as a mark of excellence, breadth of knowledge, hard work, and leadership potential. Seventeen U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 130 Nobel Laureates have been inducted as members, along with authors, diplomats, athletes, researchers, actors, and business leaders.

An Exclusive Honor

Only about the top 10% of students from only 10% of the nation’s colleges and universities – provides a competitive edge in the marketplace as employers, as well as graduate and professional programs, recognize the importance of the credential. Those invited to join Phi Beta Kappa truly are “the best of the best.”

UWM’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa – the Eta Chapter – celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, and we are one of only two chapters in the UW System. Milwaukee and Madison are the only two public university chapters in Wisconsin.


Our 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar event was held on February 13th and featured Daniel T. Rodgers from Princeton University. It was a great success – stay tuned for future event announcements!