Phi Beta Kappa
Beta of Texas, Rice University


Selection Criteria & Process

Selection Criteria & Process

The Beta of Texas chapter may invite as many as 10% of Rice graduating undergraduates for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Candidates are selected on the basis of the national Phi Beta Kappa guidelines, as implemented for the Rice University campus. 

Criteria include: 90 hours of liberal course work (laboratory, performance, and professional courses are disallowed), 10 courses outside the division of the declared major (2 beyond the graduation requirement), grade point average, and good academic/Honor Council standing. 

Selection is made in the early Spring each year, with initiation activities occurring later that same semester.

Partial subvention of membership for initiates is provided through the Phi Beta Kappa-Beta of Texas Endowment.

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