Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious liberal arts honorary society in the United States. The organization was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and the Alpha chapter in the State of New Jersey was established at Rutgers University in 1869.
The Rutgers University-Newark chapter of Phi Beta Kappa elects outstanding juniors and seniors who are pursuing bachelor's degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, who are completing the General Education requirements or their equivalent, and who have no record of disciplinary action. To be eligible for membership, students' records must reflect 90 credits of coursework to be completed by the time of induction.
To be nominated in the junior year, students must have completed 60 credits at Rutgers University-Newark by the end of the fall semester of the junior year and must have a cumulative average of 3.80 or above.
To be nominated in the senior year, students must have completed 60 credits at Rutgers University-Newark by the end of the fall semester of the senior year and must have a cumulative average of 3.7 or above.