Academic Honors

Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious national academic honor society in the United States. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is the highest honor that can be conferred on an undergraduate in the liberal arts and sciences.

IU's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma of Indiana, was established in 1911. Twice each year, faculty electors who are also Phi Beta Kappa members review the academic records of the College's senior degree candidates and recent bachelor's degree recipients and elect students to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Learn about IU's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Founders Scholars

IU's most academically distinguished undergraduates receive the designation of Founders Scholar and are honored at an annual event, the IU Bloomington Honors Convocation.

To be designated a Founders Scholar, an undergraduate degree-seeking student must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above by the end of the fall term immediately preceding the Honors Convocation.

Learn about Founders Scholars