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FAQ for Phi Kappa Phi

Can I apply to join?

No. Membership to Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only.

What are the membership eligibility requirements?

The minimum eligibility requirements for Phi Kappa Phi depends on one’s hours and GPA at The University of Texas.

Undergraduates are eligible in their junior year if they have completed at least 72 in residence hours at The University of Texas at Austin and are in the top 7.5% of their college or school. Students are eligible in their senior year if they have completed at least 90 in residence hours at The University of Texas at Austin and are in the top 10% of their college or school. All students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Masters students are eligible with at least 9 hours of coursework at The University of Texas at Austin and a 4.0 GPA.

Doctoral students are eligible with at least 18 hours of coursework at The University of Texas at Austin and a 4.0 GPA.

Please note: If a student has restricted his or her directory information, the student’s name will not appear on eligibility ballots. If a student wishes to be considered, he or she will need to petition for membership in a given election period.

These are only the minimum standards for eligibility. Final discretion for membership is determined by The University of Texas at Austin chapter.

Can you tell me if I am eligible for membership?

Students can only be notified of eligibility by receiving an invitation. Staff at the University Honors Center are unable to declare whether a student is eligible for membership. Students may evaluate for themselves whether they think they meet the eligibility requirements. If invitations have been distributed and you believe you should have been notified, please check here for more instructions. A notification of when invitations have been sent will appear on the sidebar of these pages, as well as the chapter website.

If you have restricted your directory information you may not appear on eligibility ballots. If you wish to be considered, you will need to petition for membership in a given election period.

When are elections held?

Elections are held after the 12th class day in the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar to see when these dates fall in a particular year. Students who have been invited to join will be notified shortly thereafter.

How am I notified that I have been elected?

Students who have been elected to join will receive an email and a letter sent to the addresses on file with The University of Texas at Austin. To ensure that you receive notification, please make sure your contact information is current on UT DIRECT.

If you have restricted your directory information you may not appear on eligibility ballots. If you wish to be considered, you will need to petition for membership in a given election period.

How do I join?

Instructions for joining are included in the invitation for membership. Students register their membership and pay dues online at the national website.

I am currently studying abroad. Can I still join?

Yes. Students who are studying abroad may still join by following the instructions provided with their invitation letter. Students are not required to attend the induction ceremony. Members who are unable to attend and collect their membership certificate and materials will be notified by email about how to obtain them. Members who wish to attend a later induction ceremony due to study abroad should still join and contact the chapter when they return to make arrangements.

How much does it cost to join?

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is $75. This fee makes one a member for life, and covers one year’s worth of national and chapter dues.

The annual membership renewal fee is $30 and is required to be an active member and receive the full benefits of membership for one year. Discounted national rates are available if you opt to extend your active membership for multiple years, or you may opt for an active-for-life membership ($300), which ensures that you receive the benefits of active membership for a lifetime.

If you are for unable to pay these dues, contact the chapter directly to inquire about alternative arrangements.

How do I pay?

Instructions for payment are included in the invitation for membership. Students may pay online by credit or debit when they register their membership. Students who are unable to pay online should contact the University Honors Center to make alternative arrangements.

What level of participation is required or members? How much time will I need to devote to this organization?

Phi Kappa Phi has no participation requirements for new members.

Do I have to attend the induction ceremony to join?

No. Although new members are encouraged to attended their induction ceremony, attendance is not required for membership.

How do I collect my certificate & pin if I am unable to attend the induction ceremony?

Members who are unable to collect their membership certificate and pin at the induction ceremony will be notified by email of how to obtain them. Please ensure that your email address is current.

Does the chapter provide honors cords or other graduation materials?

At this time the chapter is unable to supply new members with honors cords or other graduation materials. Members are eligible to purchase these items directly from the Phi Kappa Phi national website. Please review shipping times and policies to ensure your materials reach you in time for graduation.

How do I apply for scholarships?

There are a number of national scholarships and awards available to Phi Kappa Phi members. More information is available on the chapter scholarship page.

The University of Texas chapter periodically offers awards for members. Members will be contacted by email when these opportunities arise.

I think I am eligible to join, but I have not received an invitation. What should I do?

First, check the sidebar to see if invitations have been sent for the current eligibility period. If invitations have not yet been sent, please refrain from submitting a petition, even if it is after the 12th class day. If invitations have been sent and you have not received one, proceed to the following steps.

Next, check the contact information you have on file with the University. If you believe your invitation has been sent to the wrong address, contact the University Honors Center. The center will be able to tell you if you were invited to join and can make alternative arrangements for you to receive your invitation materials.

If you have restricted your directory information you may not appear on eligibility ballots. If you wish to be considered, you will need to follow the directions below.

If you find that you were not invited to join but believe that you meet the eligibility requirements, you will need to submit a petition for membership. Please download and complete the Membership Petition Form. Follow all instructions on the form. You will also need to bring a printed academic summary from the Registrar’s office to the University Honors Center. These will be evaluated against the eligibility requirements and you will be notified of the results in the timeframe indicated on the form. Please make note of all deadlines on the form, as petitions submitted either early or after the deadline will not be accepted.