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San Diego State University

Honors Council

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. PHI KAPPA PHI began as a national organization dedicated to celebrating scholarship in 1897 at the University of Massachusetts. Chapter 96, the local San Diego State University chapter was established in 1965. The letters PKP stand for the Greek Philosophia Kratei Phôtôn, Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity. With over 300 chapters, the purpose of Phi Kappa Phi is to promote the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students, faculty, and others through election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers numerous benefits that can assist members throughout their academic and professional lives. Our global focus on resources allows Phi Kappa Phi members to connect and network with one another from every corner of the world. The SDSU chapter annually provides about $3,000 in stipends for graduate or professional study, and graduating seniors are eligible for one of 50 $5,000 society fellowships or 50 $2,000 fellowships.


Standards for election are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. Invitations to membership are extended in early spring.

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Dr. Stephen Schellenberg, Adviser

Nancy Nguyen, Student President