Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.
Only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.
The ideal Phi Beta Kappan has demonstrated intellectual integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests. Each year, about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and to freedom of inquiry and expression.
Each spring, the chapter at Geneseo invites approximately 70 students to join the Society. The nomination and selection process includes a review of student transcripts and solicitation of letters of support from the faculty and staff at Geneseo. The national requirements for membership (called the Stipulations) can be found here.