Junior and senior students who will graduate with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences are automatically considered for membership in Phi Beta Kappa; no application is required. Elections are by confidential ballot of the faculty and staff who are members of the chapter.  Invitations are extended to students based upon their cumulative grade point average, their character, and their commitment to the liberal arts. The Office of the University Registrar provides confidential information on student academic records to the chapter.

Students with majors in the Business School who have taken 90 semester hours of courses in the liberal arts may petition for consideration. Please contact the chapter secretary for details.

Approximately 8% of the senior class is invited. The top 2% of the junior class is invited. The selection process is confidential and GPA cutoffs change from year to year. Transfer students are considered, but there are different standards for students who present credit from other universities.