Phi Kappa Phi


To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

President of the University of Michigan Dr. Mark S. Schlissel receives his Phi Kappa Phi membership at the spring induction ceremony from former Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 39 President Mary Beth Donovan.

Who is PKP?

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, the distinguishing characteristic of Phi Kappa Phi is its belief that all branches of higher education merit recognition. It extends its interest and eligibility across the entire range of academic inquiry and calls attention to the fact that today's world needs a breadth of understanding far beyond that of a specialist who restricts his or her outlook to a single area of study.

The Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. Once inducted, Phi Kappa Phi members gain a lifelong passport to a global network of academic and professional opportunities. Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the Society's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, writers David Baldacci and John Grisham, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, and late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 325 select college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

The University of Michigan has received the Society's prestigious Chapter of Excellence Award many times over the past decade and is one of the oldest and most active chapters in the organization. Along with top students in the University, chapter members include President Mark Schlissel, former President Mary Sue Coleman, former Provost and the 14th President of Cornell University, Dr. Martha Pollack, several Deans and many Distinguished University Professors.

As the core of its mission, Phi Kappa Phi annually award nearly $1 million each year in scholarships and other grants through the Society and its Chapters. Since 2008, the U-M Chapter has awarded a total of $150,000 to its student members.