Membership in Phi Beta Kappa 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 approximately the top 10% of students from only 10% of the nation’s colleges and universities qualify for Phi Beta Kappa.
This honor provides a competitive edge in the marketplace since 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 — will celebrate its 50th year in 2024, and we are one of only two chapters in the UW System. Milwaukee and Madison are the only two public university chapters in Wisconsin.
The “secret” Phi Beta Kappa handshake